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Albert Heath; the soldier photographer

Albert Heath was born in Clay Cross in January 1880 and was a photographer by trade residing on Thanet Street. He married Mary Alice (nee Osbourne) in 1907 and they had at least one child; George Albert who was born in July 1910.

Albert enlisted into the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Sherwood Foresters in March 1904 and re-enlisted into the 6th Battalion Notts and Derby Regiment on the 1st April 1908. He attended all the Annual Campus between 1908 and 1914.

I have 8 Albert Heath original postcards, which appear to cluster into 3 distinct groupings based on the locations/dates and/or the style of backing.

1908-09: Scarborough Camp

Note: Although not dated, and there is no clue from the background where these two shots were taken, it is likely to have been at one of the early Camps 1908-1909 (or 1910?) because the men are wearing both the old Volunteer (cloth) and new Territorial (dress) shoulder badges (see below). Interestingly these also appear to be consecutive cards (#52 and #53).

1912: Llanfarian, Abermaide, Aberystwyth Camp

The background terrain identifies this as the 1912 Camp near Aberystwyth and once again all three cards have the same backing.

1913: The Clumber Camp

The second card bears a 1913 stamp and both share the same background.

1914: The 46th North Midland Divisional Cycling Company

On November 1914 the 46th North Midland Cyclist Company was established and Commanded by Captain BH Winder. Albert transferred to this Company and accompanied them to France on the 28th February 1915.

Captain Basil Hawthorne Winder

In June 1915 Albert ‘contracted sugar diabetes’ which at the time was not deemed ‘the result of service doubful if aggravated”

Albert was discharged on ‘Termination of Engagement’ on the 15th April 1916 having served 8 years and 7 days with the Colours.

However, War service did not leave Albert unscathed and in June 1917 Mary applied for an increase in her husband’s war pension because he was an out patient in Derby Infirmary. In August 1917 this was granted because the medical board agreed that ‘this man’s condition may be regarded aggravated by Service since declaration of War’.

Arthur died on the 17th August 1917. His son George Albert died in February 1926.

On this day 8th April 1916

8.4.1916 ACQ: Lt/QM W.N. BROOMHEAD to Hosptial sick. 2/Lt G.W. KNOWLES invalided to England.

War Diary [WO/95/2694]Broomhead 1916 to England

Division Trench Mortar Batteries bombarded the enemy’s trenches near BIRKIN CRATER, with what appeared to be good results.

Weather good.

A Company of the 8th Battalion moved up to dig outs in the CHEMIN DE PYLONES for work there.

139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]

 Wounded and sick

1835 Pte James Shepherd, a coal miner from Stonegravels and a Pre-War Territorial in “A” Company, suffered from ‘inflamed connective tissue’ in the feet.

1835 Shepherd ICT

4101 Pte Alfred Allen from Chesterfield suffered from bronchitis and was transferred to England.1963 Allen 4101 Allen

374 Pte Albert Heath, a photographer from Clay Cross and a Derbyshire Volunteer (1904) and Pre-War Territorial (1908) in “G” Company returned to England and was discharged as Time Expired.