Charles Esmond Redlin Albrecht was a pupil at Oakham School from 1902 to 1910 and was one of the first to be killed in the First World War as one of the Old Contemptibles during the Battle of Mons. His younger brother, John, was killed three years later. They were the sons of Charles E and Mabel F M Albrecht from Trevanion, Plympton in Devon. Their paternal grandparents were German. At Oakham, Charles was a prefect and rugby colour. After leaving school he trained for the army at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He became a Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion The Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment), part of the 7th Brigade, 3rd Division. Charles was killed in action at the Battle of Mons on 24 August 1914 aged 21. He is remembered on La Ferté-Sous-Jouarre Memorial as well as on the Oakham School war memorial.
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