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thomasonAlbert is listed on the Penn Road Wesleyan Chapel memorial as one of the local men who survived, but this appears not to have been the case.

Albert was born in Pattingham, Wolverhampton in 1889, the son of Edward and Hannah Thomason. They were living at Lower Penn in 1901, with Albert’s brothers John and Harry. By 1911, they were living at Merry Hill, Compton, along with Albert’s sister, Mary Jane. Albert was a farm labourer. At some point be worked for Mr F. Keay, of the Oxbarn Farm, Bradmore.

Albert enlisted with the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3447). He took part in the “memorable attack with which Midland divisions were particularly identified”, but after throwing bombs for four hours, he was shot, and killed in action in France on 13 October 1915. Details of his death were included in the Midland Counties Express on 11 December 1915. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, as well as on the St Philip’s memorial in Penn.

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