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Albert was born in Wolverhampton on 2 December 1894, the son of George and Elizabeth Wilson. In 1901, they were living at 57B North Street, Wolverhampton, along with Albert’s siblings George, William, Ernest, Charles, Elizabeth and Louisa. They were at 25 Red Cross Street by 1911, with an additional son Alfred, and an adopted son John Joseph Wems. Albert was working as a brass casters labourer for a lock works.

Albert enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 19321). He first served in France from 14 December 1915. He was reported as missing, but it later transpired that he had been taken prisoner at Serre on 13 November 1916. This was reported in the Express & Star on 26 May 1917. He survived and returned home, being recognised in the “Peace Dinner” in honour of returned prisoners of war at the Baths Assembly Rooms in Wolverhampton in March 1919. Unfortunately, Albert died on 13 July 1920, and the fact that he is recognised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission means that his death is likely to have been due to his military service. He is buried at Heath Town (Holy Trinity) Churchyard.