FETCHAM U3A LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 1
Albert, the son of William and Eliza Diment, was baptised at St. Mary’s Church, Fetcham, on 7 April 1897. His mother died at the time of his birth. Albert was the youngest of nine children, with siblings Emily, Grace, Rose, John (who was to die from Gas Poisoning in World War 1), William, Eleanor, Maurice and David Cornelius (who was awarded the Silver War Badge).
Albert enlisted at Guildford as a Private G/2317 in The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 7th Bn. All five Diment boys served in the 1st World War. William with the Royal Engineers, Maurice with the Queen’s Royal West Surrey and Royal Engineers, David in the Army Service Corp, and John with the Royal Fusiliers. Albert first went to France with the Regiment on 26th July 1915.
He died on the 13th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme aged 19 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
Surrey Advertiser 14th October 1916
Reported “wounded and missing” The newspaper reports that before enlisting Albert lived with his sister in Fetcham and was employed as a cowman by Mrs. Hansard of Millfield, Cobham.
Surrey Advertiser 13th January 1917.