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Remembered Today:

Sgt Albert E. Stafford 1/1 Leicestershire Yeomanry

Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC


Initials: A E

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: Leicestershire Yeomanry

Unit Text: 1st/1st

Age: 33

Date of Death: 30/05/1915

Service No: 1031

Additional information: Territorial Efficiency Medal. Son of William and Elizabeth Stafford, husband of Bessie A. Stafford, of 67, Oxenden St., Highfields, Leicester. Served in the South African Campaign (Queen Victoria's South African Medal with five bars).

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: O1. 278.


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& the cemetery info


Country: United Kingdom

Locality: Leicestershire

Historical Information: During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards. Between 1914 and 1919, the 5th Northern General Hospital, with more than 2,600 beds, occupied several buildings in Leicester and North Evington. More than 95,000 officers and men were admitted to the hospital, which recorded 514 deaths before its closure. During the Second World War, there was a Royal Air Force operational training station near Leicester. Leicester (Welford Road) Cemetery contains 286 First World War burials, more than half of them forming a war graves plot with a screen wall bearing the names of those buried there. The 46 Second World War burials are scattered throughout the cemetery, which also contains seven Belgian war graves.

No. of Identified Casualties: 339

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Can't find Albert on the 1901 census................not surprising given the additional information on the CWGC entry...............more than likely he was in South Africa at the time

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