Name: William Albon
1897 - 1st March 1919
Place of Birth: Arlesey
Division: 2nd Battalion
Regiment: Bedford Regiment
Buried: Arlesey Parish Churchyard, St. Peters
Person(s) placing the cross on behalf of the Arlesey Remembers You Project: Dylan Clark
William Albone lived in Arlesey, Bedfordshire. His was in the 2nd Bedfordshire regiment and he was a prisioner of war, his identifacition number was 27805 and he was in the 2nd Battalion. He died siddenly at home on the 1st March 1919 when he was 22 years old.
William joined his regiment on the 2nd February 1916 and later that year was sent to France with the 2nd Beds regiment (24th August) He took part in opposing the great German offensive of St Quentin on March 21st 1918 but he went missing on March 22nd. He was a prisoner of war and wasn’t treated very nice. He only had 1 cup of coffee in 3 days and his job as a prisoner was to help the Germans. William was a prisoner for 8 months. When he arrived back in Arlesey Mr A Murdock employed him.
William died on the 1st March 1919 and his funeral was on Thursday, March 6th at the Arlesey Parish churchyard. His mummy and daddy, his brothers and sisters who were called Nellie, Bert, Annie and Dennis. His aunties and uncles were there too. Lots of people came to the funeral to say goodbye to William.
William was a very good man who helped fight the war in this country. Everyone should remember him all of the time.
William Albone by Callum O’Dowd aged 9
Service Number: 27805
Enlisted: Jan / Feb 1916 (possibly in the first wave of Military Service Act people - conscription).
He was wounded and taken prisoner in March 1918 as his battalion (2nd) conducted remarkable defensive withdrawal in the face of overwhelming odds. Was on a large list of POWs returning home after the war in Jan 1919 but nothing else to say why?
Information provided by Steve Fuller,
The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War