Albert Edward Bullard

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WWI Roll of Honour

By Lynette Wray

Albert Edward Bullard

 

         

Military History:        

 

Regiment:                              
Suffolk Regiment

Rank:                                     
Private

Service Number:                    
8627

Date of Enlisting:                            
1.1913

Date of death:                        
6.1935

Cemetery/ Memorial:            
Not known

UK Cemetery/Memorial:      
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour

 

Albert enlisted with the Suffolk Regiment in January 1913.  He was stationed in Curragh, Ireland when the War broke out. In August 1914 the 2nd Battalion was mobilised for war and landed at Havre. They engaged in action at the Battle of Mons and subsequent retreat, and the Battle of Le Cateau where the Battalion suffered heavy casualties and there is now a monument to the 2nd Suffolk Regiment. This is where Albert was captured on 25th May 1914 by the Germans and was sent to Doeberitz as a prisoner of war.  He remained at the Doebritz camp until his release in 1918. On his release he received a letter from King George V celebrating his release.

Albert was awarded the 1914 Star with clasp and roses, the Victory Medal, the British War Medal.

Having survived the war Albert died at Stepney, London in June 1938.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

 

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:               
13.5.1895

Birth Place:                            
Thriplow, Cambridgeshire

Residence:                    
Stepney, London

Marriage:                     
8.1921

 

Albert was the sixth son of Samuel and Ruth (nee Hayden) Bullard, born on 13th May 1895 at Thriplow.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell, Hertfordshire and before enlisting was a farm labourer.

Albert married Hilda Ellen Wilkins at St Margaret’s Church, Bygrave, Hertfordshire in mid-August 1921.

They had two daughters, Hilary Alberta Mary born 1921 and Vera Betty Ruth born 1927.

Albert died at Stepney, London in June 1935.

 

Five of Albert’s brothers served in the War. All survived but Eli was also captured by the Germans at Cateau in May 1914 and spent the War in Doebritz Prisoner of War Camp. His brother Frederick, an agricultural labourer, was unfit for war and remained on the farm. His father, Samuel, served with the Hertfordshire Territorial Force and was billeted at home.

 

 

Commentary:

 

Royston Crow 23 October 1918

Private Albert Bullard (Suffolk Regiment), the sixth son (bottom left-hand corner), was stationed in Ireland when war broke out.  He was sent out to France and taken prisoner at the Battle of Mons four years ago, and is still in Germany.

 

Name:

Albert Edward Bullard

Birth Place:

Thriplow, Cambridgeshire

Residence:

Stepney, London

Death Date:

6.1935

Enlistment Place:

1.1913

Rank:

Private

Regiment:

Suffolk Regiment

Battalion:

2nd Battalion

Regimental Number:      

8627

Type of Casualty:

Survived

Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders

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