Albert Heath (1884 – 1918)
Research by John Birch, Wrecclesham War Memorial World War I 1914-1919 (privately printed). Typed up (with permission) by Josh Waldron.
Private Albert Heath, popularly known as Bertie, was born in Farnham in 1884 and was baptised at St Peter’s church, Wrecclesham, on 6 July 1884. Bertie was the son of Edward and Charlotte Matilda Heath (nee Penny). Charlotte had been born in Radlett, Herts, in 1842 and Edward, a tailor, was born in 1862 in Westbury, Bucks. In 1891 the Census shows them living in Shortheath Road with their four children, one girl and three boys, of whom the youngest is Bertie. In the 1901 Census Albert is living as the only remaining child with his parents in Shortheath Road. By 1911 Charlotte is a widow, Edward having died in 1903 when he was buried in St Peter’s church. Albert has by this time enlisted in the army and is serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards (Service Number 6883) and is stationed in Rammillies Barracks in Aldershot.
At some time before World War 1 Albert was married and his next of kin was recorded as Ellen Heath who was living in Chepstow.
In 1914 Albert was transferred to the Army Service Corps, Service Number M/39672. He was to serve in France and Flanders where he was wounded. Returning to England he died of those wounds on 12 August 1918, aged 35. There is no record of where he has been buried.