Albert Buckley was born in Oldham in 1880 and spent his early years living in Glodwick.His father,Joseph,was a coal miner.His mother was Harriet and his siblings Ephraim,Sarah,Edward,Violet & Alice.
Albert served in the Boer War and after his return he married Matilda Hopkins - also called Marie or Maria in 1903 and together they settled down in Shaw. Albert followed in his father's footsteps and was himself a coal miner, at the Jubilee Colliery in Shaw. They had 6 children together, unfortunately the name of one has not yet been found but the others were Lily,Fred,Harriet,Olive & Clara who were all born in Shaw. Clara coming along in 1914. At some point between then and Albert being killed they moved over the border to the Luzley Brook area of Royton.
Albert rejoined the army in 1915 and saw much active service, he had survived despite being wounded and gassed but was eventually killed on August 13th,1918. Towards the end of the month, Albert's wife received a letter from an officer in the Royal Field Artillery telling her that her husband had been killed in action. She was left with 6 children to care for.
Albert only lived in Royton for a short while, and possibly not at all. As his family were living in Royton he went onto the Royton War Memorial. However, he also appears on the Shaw & Crompton Memorial.
Two other men from the 33rd Battery were also killed that day and the three lie alongside each other at the cemetery in Vlamertinghe. The two other men were:
John Cokell Gunner 114626 born Settle.Enlisted in Keighley
John Hart 25 Gunner 6612 from Stockton.Husband of Ellen Hart
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Date of Death:13/08/1917
Regiment:Royal Field Artillery
Unit:33rd Bty.33rd Bde.
Cemetery:Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery
Grave Reference:V. C. 13.