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Albert was born in Tipton in 1890, the son of Albert E. and Sarah Betts. In 1901. He appeared with his parents at 21 Wellington Street, Walsall, in 1901, along with his brothers James and Thomas, and sister Sarah.

Albert enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9286). An article appeared in the Express & Star on 26 January 1916, stating that Mrs Betts, of 19 Woden Road, Heath Town, was “greatly concerned as to the whereabouts or fate of her son”. He had been reported as wounded and missing on 20 September 1914, and all inquiries had proved fruitless. Unfortunately, he was later confirmed to have been killed in action on that date. He is comemmorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, as well as on the memorial at Heath Park.