ALBRECHT John Ernest North

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John Ernest North Albrecht was a pupil at Oakham school from 1908 to 1915. He was there at the time his brother Charles Esmond Redlin Albrecht was killed fighting at Mons. John became a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery on 18 February 1916, and was killed in action on 2 August 1917 near Ypres aged 19. He is listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as serving with 55th Battery RFA. According to our research, 55th (Howitzer) Battery was part of 33 Brigade at this time. Unfortunately, the brigade's war diary for July and August 1917 is missing from the National Archives so it is difficult to establish exactly how he died. But in June the Brigade moved from the Somme area to Flanders, presumably to take part in the planned offensive which became the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). The last mention of 55th Battery is on 15 June when the diary records how the Brigade moved into position south of Ypres, responsible for protection of the British line between the Menin Road and the Ypres-Roulers railway, which ran through the centre of the battlefield. The diary records how the batteries came under heavy shelling over the next few days. But there is no information about what happened to John on 2 August. He was the son of Charles E and Mabel F M Albrecht from Trevanion, Plympton in Devon. His paternal grandparents were GermanAfter Oakham he attended the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich. He is buried at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery near Ypres, grave VI.B.3, and is remembered on the Oakham School war memorial.


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  • Oakham School
  • Oakham School Chapel
  • Oakham School Memorial
  • Oakham School Memorial
  • Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery JS1
  • Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery JS2
  • J E N Albrecht JS4
  • J E N Albrecht 1 JB
  • J E N Albrecht JS2
  • J E N Albrecht JS3

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Like his brother, not a Rutlander!Oakham School rugby colourCommissioned from Royal Military College, WoolwichGrave photo attached
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 1:51pm
2 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 10:16pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
A picture of his headstone, taken on a visit to the cemetery 28 February 2016.
By John Stokes on Sunday 28th February '16 at 4:55pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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