- 1911 Occupation Agricultural Worker
- Domicile Harry and Kate Birkin of Edmon Thorpe Lodge, Colston Bassett, Notts,
- Age in 1911 17
- Unit 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
- Service Number G/1559 enlisted Nottingham
- Rank Lance Corporal
- Date of entry into the theatre of war 15th December 1915
- Date of Death 4th June 1916, Died of Wounds
- Age at Death 22
- Battle SitRep Somme, Battle of Albert
- Commemorated Grave VIII.C.95. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Albert’s parents, Harry Birkin & Kate Wealthall married on the 10th July 1891 in the Registraion District of Nottingham.
Albert William Birkin’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1893 in the Registration District of Nottingham.
In 1901, Albert William Birkin aged 7 was living with his family in 16a Southwell Road, Nottingham. His family members were, parents Harry Birkin aged 32 Butcher born in Nottingham, Kate Birkin aged 33 born Nottingham, sisters Florence Maud aged 8, Elizabeth aged 5 and Hilda aged 1 year old.
In 1911, Albert aged 17 was living in Edmon Thorpe Lodge, Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire with his family. He was working as a Farmer’s son working on farm. Also living there was his parents, Harry Birkin aged 42 Farmer, Kate Birkin aged 42, his sisters Florence Maud aged 18, Elizabeth aged 15, Lilian Kate aged 7 and Eathel Mary aged 5 years old. Albert’s parents had been married 19 years and had 6 children, 5 of them still living.
At some time between 1911 and 1915, Albert enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).
Recruitment Poster for 2nd battalion.
2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).
On the 4th August 1914 the battalion was stationed at Calcutta, India, returned to England and landing January 1915 . They then moved to Nuneaton to join the 86th Brigade of the 29th Division.
They Sailed in March 1915 and landed Gallipoli 25th April 1915 . Were engaged in actions at the Battles for Krithia and the Achi Baba heights on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
On the 8th January 1916 they were Evacuated to Egypt.
In March 1916, they were moved to France landing at Marseilles where the Division was engaged in various actions on the Western Front.
The Division was engaged in the Battle of the Somme which started on the 1st July 1916. In particular, the Battle of Albert between the 1st to 13th July 1916
It was here that Albert William Birkin was seriously wounded at died of those wounds on the 4th July 1916.
He is buried in Grave VIII.C.95. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery contains 5,577 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 224 from the Second World War.
Medal Rolls Albert William Birkin
The Royal Fusiliers War Memorial
The Royal Fusiliers War Memorial is a memorial standing in High Holborn, London. It was erected in 1922 and is dedicated to the almost 22,000 soldiers of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) who died during the First World War.