Harry James Albone
Name: Harry James Albone
1892 - 25th November 1917
Place of Birth: Arlesey
Occupation: Mill Hand
Division: 4th (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers) (Formerly 6718, 3/3Rd London Regt)
Regiment: London Regiment
Commemorated: Panel 11. Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, Nord, France
Person(s) placing the cross on behalf of the Arlesey Remembers You Project: Clare Morris
Private Harry James Albone
283563, 1st/4th Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
1892 -25th November 1917
Harry was the son of James and Elizabeth Albone. He was born in Arlesey but by 1901 he was living in Upper Holloway, Islington with his parents, brother Arthur and sister Isabel. His father was employed as a general labourer. In 1911 Harry was living with his parents and younger brother, Frederick, at 17 Eastwood Road, Victoria Docks in West Ham and was working as a mill hand.
Harry married Nellie Cooper in London in 1913 and they had a son, Harry J Albone, born in Islington in 1914.
Harry was previously enlisted in the 3/3rd battalion of the London Regiment (service number 6718) and enlisted in Holloway before joining the 1st/4th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. The battalion was formed in September 1914 at Shaftesbury Steer in City Road as part of the 1st London Brigade. On mobilisation the battalion was responsible for guarding the Basingstoke-Waterloo railway.
On 4th September 1914 the battalion sailed from Southampton to Malta, arriving in Valetta on 14th September. On 2nd January 1915 they left Malta to arrive in Marseilles on January 6th. By November 1916 they had transferred brigades 4 times and ended up as 168th Brigade in 56th (London) Division.
It would seem Harry was killed in action during the Battle of Cambrai, possibly at Tadpole Copse – a tactical point on the Hindenburg Line. He is remembered with honour at the Cambrai Memorial, located in the small village of Louveral, France. There are more than 7,000 UK and South African servicemen commemorated, men who died in the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917, and whose graves are not known.