On this day the 139 Brigade suffered the first casualty of 1917

Poppy20004 Pte Albert Statham

Son of Mr F and Mrs C Statham of 235 Alfred St. in Nottingham.

2375 Statham MIC20004 Statham medal roll

A pre-War Territorial who arrived in France with the 1/7th Battalion in February 1915.

It seems likely that Albert was wounded and transferred to Hospital in England. After his return to France he was then posted to the 1/5th Battalion (December 1916); hence the renumbering to 20004 from his original 4-digit number (2375)

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