Tributes to Albert Norman Read Details

"the 11th Battalion Queens West Surreys Regiment, who were positioned near Ypres in early July 1917. It was on the fatal morning of the opening phase for the Third Battle of Ypres (31/07/1917)he was positioned with his Battalion in the Imperial trench, waiting for the call that was given at 3.50am.The Battalion moved forward with the barrage towards the village of Hollebeke. Enduring rain and the heavy muddy state of the ground the troops couldn't keep up with the barrage and in front of them stood concrete shelters built and held by the enemy with machine guns. The infantry found it impossible to capture these "German Forts". The casualties that day were immense along with the missing. Albert was one those “missing in action”. Records show his date of death 01/08/1917 but what happened between 31st July and 1st August 1917, we will never know. Albert with countless others will remain a part of Flanders fields forever. He is commemorated on panel 13 on the Menin Gates. We will remember"

Jenette Taylor - 29/12/2014

"Albert Norman Read was born at Scales Yard (off Magdalen Street) in Norwich on 11th July 1893. He was the second eldest of his 6 siblings. At this point no one knew that his journey in life would be tragically cut short at the age of 24 years old. He met a young local girl, Lucy Rebecca Lambert, who lived with her family in Gertrude road, Sprowston. She was the oldest of her eight siblings. Both families worked in the shoe industry; Albert worked as a shoe finisher and Lucy as a shoe fitter. They married on 11th December 1915 at the Norwich Registry Office. Not long after marriage their only child was born 9th April 1916, Phyllis May Read.Albert became a enlistee and joined the 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment in 1916. In early 1917 he was posted to an Infantry Base Depot on the French coast.He writes a letter home describing how “there was no fear of nothing in getting across as it was in broad day light”(the letters are in Tyne Cot visitors centre).Records show in mid 1917 he joins"

Jenette Taylor - 29/12/2014