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Albert was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Albert Victor and Elizabeth Lakin (or Larkin) Hand. In 1901, they were living at 163 Swan Bank, Upper Penn, together with Albert’s siblings Victor S. L., Violet L. L., along with his father’s adopted son, Harry. By 1911, they were at Church Hill House, Penn, and Albert was now a Wine Merchants Clerk.

Albert enlisted in the 14th Battalion of the Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment (service number (S/12619). He was killed in action on 5 July 1917, one hundred years ago today. He is remembered at Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand, as well as on the war memorial at St Bartholomew’s Church in Penn.