On The Roll of Honour
Albert was born in September 1872 in Badwell Ash to William Reeve (1838-1904) and Sarah Fuller née Plumpkin (1837-1908).
In the 1891 census Albert was 18, a farm labourer living with his father, William, aged 53, his mother Sarah aged 52, and his 3 siblings, William, aged 15, Amelia aged 10 and Frank aged 8 in Sadlers Yard, Badwell Ash.
On the 20th October 1894 he married Ada Largent whose parents were Amos and Naomi Largent née Muskett in Badwell Ash. Amos and Naomi were married in 1869.
In the 1901 census Albert was now 28, a farm labourer and living with his wife Ada aged 26, a son Herbert W aged 3 and a daughter; Dora M aged 4, in the Street, Badwell Ash.
In the 1911 census Albert was 38, a Delver in a stone Quarry (a ditch digger) and was living with his wife Ada aged 36, a son Herbert W aged 13 and two daughters, Dora aged 14, Hilda Florence aged 10 as well as his brother-in-law Freeman Largent, 34 and single who was also a Delver. They all lived in White Horse Yard, Badwell Ash. In 1914, they had another daughter, Sybil Blanche who went on marry Percy Manning in March 1935 to live until 1996.
Military and War: 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment. No other information is available from the records.
Unfortunately, no other record details have been located. It is highly possible that Albert’s records have been destroyed. In September 1940, as the result of a fire caused by an incendiary bomb at the War Office Record Store in Arnside Street, London, approximately two thirds of 6.5 million soldiers’ documents for the First World War were destroyed. Those records which survived were mostly charred or water damaged and unfit for consultation and became known as the ‘burnt documents’.
Post War: He died on 3rd September 1931 and is buried in Richer Road cemetery aged 58. Ada died on 22nd August 1915 aged 40.