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Private Albert Henry West - Dawlish World War One Project

Private Albert Henry West


Service Army Service No. 26971
Rank Private
Regiment:Devonshire Regiment, 8th (Service) Battalion
Date of Birth: 01/09/1889
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 04/10/1917
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription WEST A.H. PTE DEVON REGT

Service History

It is recorded that Albert enlisted at Newton Abbot.

He married Lizzie Dorcas Arnold in Lady St Mary’s Church, Wareham, Dorset, on 14th October 1916. Lizzie had been living in Dawlish and Albert gave Wareham as his address, being a Private in the 44th Training Reserve Battalion. This unit was originally the 11th Devonshires Reserve Battalion which had formed in Exeter in November 1914. It moved to Wareham in May 1915 and became the 44th Training Reserve in the 10th (Reserve) Brigade on 1st September 1916.
At some point Albert was transferred to the 8th (Service)Battalion which was sent to France in 1915. He would have joined it some time after his wedding. In April 1917 during the Battle of Arras both 8th and 9th (Service) Battalions attacked Ecoust with great success and light casualties but, a month later, capturing part of Bullecourt cost them 382 killed and wounded. Early October found both Battalions near Passchendaele enduring the worst of the Third Battle of Ypres. It is here that Albert lost his life.  A detailed account can be found in Documents, below.

Association with Dawlish

Albert Henry West was the cousin of George Carter West (q.v.) who died fighting with the Australian Forces a few months previously, on 15th April 1917.

Their joint grandparents were Edward and Fanny West. Edward West (1813-1874) was born in Kenton and was a gardener.

Thomas Pike West married Mary Ann Maria Warren (1851- ) in 1879. He was a builder’s labourer and they lived at 9 Badlake Hill. They were to have five children, all of whom were living at the time of the 1911 census:

Frank West (1880- )

Ernest West (1881- )

Caroline Lydia West ( 1884- )

Edward I West (1886- )

Albert Henry West (1889-1917)
Albert Henry West is shown on the Dawlish Boys’ School Roll of Honour. By 1911 he was 21 and a servant and baker to Rupert Charles Curtis, a confectioner shopkeeper in the High Street, Dawlish.
It is recorded that Albert enlisted at Newton Abbot.

He married Lizzie Dorcas Arnold in Lady St Mary’s Church, Wareham, Dorset, on 14th October 1916. Lizzie had been living in Dawlish and Albert gave Wareham as his address, being a Private in the 44th Training Reserve Battalion. This unit was originally the 11th Devonshires Reserve Battalion which had formed in Exeter in November 1914. It moved to Wareham in May 1915 and became the 44th Training Reserve in the 10th (Reserve) Brigade on 1st September 1916.

See greater deatil in Documents below.

Devon Roll of Honour West, Albert Henry, Pte, Devon Regt, 4th Oct 1917, France
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site
Devon Heritage Site


Next of Kin: widow, Lizzie Dorcas West
Last Known Address: High Street, Dawlish


Devonshire Regiment badge

The Menin Road by Paul Nash (1889-1946) repro from The Observer "First World War - The Art of War"

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