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Albert Bedford (1894-1915)

Hartlepool born labourer served as an able seaman in the Royal Naval Division

Albert Bedford was born on 5 January 1894 in Hartlepool. His father was locomotive crane driver Charles Bedford (1865), originally from North Ormsby, Yorkshire. His mother was Clara Bedford nee Smith (1868), from Northamptonshire. His parents married in 1886 and had eight children, giving Albert four brothers and three sisters. In 1911 the Bedford family lived at 41 Hanlon Street, Stockton-on-Tees. Albert was an unemployed general labourer at the time of this census.

Albert first enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) on 5 September 1914. He resided with his parents at 90 Portrack Lane, Stockton on enlistment. He transferred to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) at Crystal Palace on 10 September 1914 and was rated an able seaman with the service number KP/587. He joined the Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division (RND) on 3 November 1914.

Albert was drafted to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (MEF) for service in the Dardanelles. He was reported wounded and missing assumed killed in action on 6 May 1915. A report by KP/720 able seaman Frank Collings stated “I saw Bedford on a stretcher being carried towards the rear but I think it was after 6 May. He was wounded by a shell.” Albert has no known grave and is honoured on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He appears in the book of Remembrance 1914-18, St Thomas’s Church, Stockton-on-Tees.

Albert Bedford was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for his service in World War One.

Civil Parish: Stockton on Tees

Birth date: 05-Jan-1894

Death date: 06-May-1915

Armed force/civilian: Navy

Residence: 41 Hanlon Street, Stockton-on-Tees (1911 census)

Employment: General labourer – unemployed (1911 census)

Family: Parents: Charles Bedford (1865), Clara Bedford nee Smith (1868)
Siblings: Charles Bedford (1887), Ethel Jane Bedford (1889), Walter Bedford (1892), Joseph Bedford (1896), May Bedford (1902), Elsie Bedford (1904), Fred Bedford (1907)

Military service:

Able seaman
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division

Medal(s): 1914-15 Star
Victory Medal
British War Medal

Memorial(s): Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Book of Remembrance 1914-18, St Thomas’s Church, Stockton-on-Tees

Gender: Male

Contributed by David D, Stanley, Co Durham

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