Albert (Bert) was the maternal great uncle of Peter & Brian Hurn who supplied information to the Oral History Project of Surrey History Centre. He was born on 7th September 1891 in Battersea to Henry and Caroline Cate who evenutally had five other children,(Maud, Lizzie, Phillis, George, Nellie) and he was baptised on 18th October that year. On the 1901 census, in which Albert was mistakenly recorded as being “Herbert”, the family was living in Battersea and by 1911 Bert was living and working as a barman at a pub in Wandsworth. On 21st September 1914 Bert joined the 13th Service Battalion, No. 4 Company, Royal Fusiliers as Private 4032, but on 5th November 1914 he was discharged on medical grounds due to a hernia. He then went to serve with 9th Service Battalion,Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment as a Private and a Lance-Corporal, service number 15739. On a casualty list issued by the War Office, Bert was shown as having been wounded on 26th September 1916. He also served in the Labour Corps as Private 605207and was discharged on 18th June 1919. On 19th June 1919 he joined the Royal Engineers enlisting at Kingston-upon-Thames as Sapper 608442. The enlistment papers noted that he had a distinctive mark from a gunshot wound to the head. Following the War, Bert married Annie Caroline Lane on 8th October 1921 in Wandsworth and he lived until 1946, his death being registered in the third quarter of the year in the district of Lewisham.
The stories of other members of the Hurn family: George John Cate, Ernest Albert Grey, John (Jack) Isaac and Reginald Lewis Isaac, may be found on this website.
Listen to extracts from an oral history interview with Brian and Peter Hurn talking about their maternal great uncles Albert Henry and George John Cate and their maternal grandfather Ernest Albert Grey. Click here to download a pdf () copy of a summary of the clips included in the extracts with timings.
The full recording is available to listen to at the Surrey History Centre in Woking, Surrey. Please contact the centre in advance by telephone: 01483 518737 or e-mail: [email protected]