This posting has been contributed by Queen Street project volunteer, Susan Martin.
Albert Fieldhouse was born 1888 in Wolverhampton. He was registered as “Birt” and seems to have been called “Bert”. His father William was a brass polisher and his mother was Annie (nee Perks). He was the eldest of 10 children, 8 of whom were alive in 1911. After him came William 1890, Clara 1891-1900, Amy May 1894, John 1895, Alice 1897, Maud 1899-1900, Florence 1901, Minnie 1904 and Lilly . The family seemed to move frequently – in 1891 48 Oxford Street, 1901 45 Walsall Road and 11 Gough Street in 1911.
By the 1911 census Bert (known as Albert in army records) had joined the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. He enlisted in Dudley. In 1909 the Battalion had moved to Bareilly, India and in the November took part in the great Durbar in Delhi. The spring of 1914 saw the battalion moved to Burma via Calcutta and then sea. Apparently their quarters here at Meiktila and Thayetmyo were very pleasant. Recalled to take part in the war the battalion landed on 1/2/1915 at Avonmouth but their stay was short as on 27/3/1915 it embarked for the journey to Gallipoli. The Battalion landed there in difficult conditions on 25/4/1915 and by the end of April had become involved in the Battle of Krithia. They were part of a forward push on the 6th May in which about 100 men were killed or wounded. Bert was one of them.
Bert is buried in the Redoubt Cemetery, Helles and is probably the Albert Fieldhouse remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Queen Street Congregational Church. His father was sent Albert’s effects £11 4s 6d and later a £5 war gratuity.