Albert Budd – the shoeing-smith

Albert Budd's Gravestone, All Saints Church, Witley

Title: Albert Budd's Gravestone, All Saints Church, Witley
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Albert was born in 1890, the son of William (a labourer) and Harriet Young, who married on 19 October 1867 at All Saints’, Witley, when he was 23 and she 18. Albert was baptised on 30 March 1890 at All Saints’ when the family lived in Park Lane, Brook. Albert became a Shoeing-Smith and joined the regular army. He married Mabel Alice Goddin (24) on 8 May 1909 at Hulme Street, Manchester. It is not known if they had any children.

Although nothing is known of his service, Albert would have had to have been in France in 1914 or 1915 to qualify for the 1914/15 Star. The All Saints’ parish magazine of January 1919 tells us that Albert was buried on 21 December 1918, a few days after his death (possibly of influenza during the epidemic which swept through Europe after the war) in Brook War Hospital, Woolwich, near the Royal Army Veterinary Corps Depot. His grave in All Saints’ was not provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission but is a private one; the inscription reads ‘In loving memory of my dear husband, A Budd 1068 QMS RAVC died 17th December 1918 aged 29 years’. Albert’s age on his gravestone does not match the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record but does match his baptism. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists Mabel as living at 17, Magazine Road, Eltham, close to Woolwich. William died in 1915 aged 71 and is buried on Albert’s right; Harriet died in November 1927 aged 68 and is buried on Albert’s left.

Albert was also awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.



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