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Albert Edward Worrall

Albert Edward Worrall[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

Male 1881 - 1940  (58 years)

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  • Name Albert Edward Worrall 
    Born 9 Nov 1881  55 Christopher Buildings, Marylebone, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Christened 27 Mar 1894  St John the Baptist, Great Marlborough Street, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Oct 1940  West London Hospital, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I348  Family
    Last Modified 1 May 2021 

    Father William Worrall,   b. 26 Jan 1841, Tenbury, Worcester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1911  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Martha Sheldon,   b. 11 Jul 1848, Cleeve, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1902, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married Aft 1873 
    Notes 
    • Thomas and Francis are probably not William's children - Thomas definitely started out as Thomas Sheldon, staying with his grandparents in 1871. I expect Martha didn't marry their father, and I can find no marriage for Martha and William.
      Martha's parents had a different grandson, William, staying with them in 1881, about the same age as Thomas. I have found William and Thomas living in the same house in 1891, both married - they could be cousins or brothers since the ages given differ by a year.
    • Wm and Martha are captured in the 1881 census in Birmingham with Thomas and Francis, then in the 1891 census in London with the youngest three. Thomas and Francis would be 21 and 19 in 1891 - old enough to have left home.
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Minnie Charlotte Eckett,   b. 1881, Basingstone Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1970  (Age 89 years)  [11
    Married 9 Dec 1900  Belfast, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Location 49 Danvers Street, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea SW3, London at his death. 
    Children 
     1. William Arthur Worrall,   b. 16 Feb 1902,   d. Nov 1967  (Age 65 years)
    Photos
    Albert E. Worrall, Minnie and son William at Sandhurst Millitary College c.1914
    Albert E. Worrall, Minnie and son William at Sandhurst Millitary College c.1914
    Last Modified 25 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F53  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Kathleen Ethel Daisley,   b. Abt 1898,   d. 26 Dec 1959, Wokingham, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married 01 Jan 1915 
    Type: partnership 
    • There was no formal marriage - date given here to show it was second liaison.
    Children 
     1. Jean Krithia Daisley Worrall,   b. 1 Dec 1916, 86 Prestbury, Warlingham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 2010, Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     2. Peter Gordon Daisley Worrall,   b. 1 Dec 1922, Plymouth? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1998, Reading General Hospital, Reading, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    My husband's mother's father
    My husband's mother's father
    Albert Worrall
    A.E. Worrall Remembrance day 1938 Whitehall
    A.E. Worrall Remembrance day 1938 Whitehall

  • Sources 
    1. [S75] Other Researchers - Stephen Clowes.
      After WW1 Minnie and son William Arthur lived in Albany Mansions, Battersea next door to Roberta Burstall mother of Beryl, later to be William's first wife. The story on our side of the family is that she knew nothing about Kathleen in Devon until a letter arrived for Albert Edward after he had gone back to Fort Tregantle, which she opened to find it was from Kathleen. Minnie was on the next train to Plymouth and the truth was out.

    2. [S11] Personal Knowledge, Yvonne.
      Albert's daughter Jean, my husband's mother, and William's half sister, says that her father was in command at Fort Tregantle near Plymouth living with Katherine as his wife when she was small. Then it was found out that they weren't married and he was made to leave the army. The fort was virtually abandoned between 1918 and 1938 apparently, so Albert must have commanded the nearby army base. She was seven when they left Tregantle ie 1923 not long after her brother Peter was born.
      Albert then sank his savings into a pub in Cornwall, but was hopeless at business and lost everything. He was helped out by former soldiers who had served under him. I'm not sure when he left Kathleen, and Jean's memory is not very clear now.
      Jean's brother Peter was in the airforce in WW2 - 20 years younger than his halfbrother William, who must have been in the navy in WW1.

    3. [S75] Other Researchers - Stephen Clowes.
      Albert Edward cashed in his Army pension to fund the pub venture…not the best move at the start of the depression. After it failed he worked as a clerk at the Gaslight and Coke Company. Did he stop living with Kathleen at some point? My grandmother, Beryl Burstall died (of a brain haemorrhage I think) in May 1936 and Minnie stepped in to look after my mum and her elder brother Chris in Worthing Sussex. Albert used to visit but was not allowed to stay overnight so he stayed at a B and B up the road. As far as we know he never moved back in with Minnie and was only visiting her at Danvers Street when he was killed. However, we understand there was a tremendous scene at the funeral with both 'wives' present at the graveside.

    4. [S20] Other Researchers - Angela Thomas.
      From M.O.D records
      Birth recorded as 14 November 1878
      14:04:1897 Enlisted Number 6112 at Berwick-on-Tweed into the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and posted to Depot.
      07:07:1897 Posted to 1st Battalion
      19:06:1898 Appointed Drummer
      22:07:1901 Promoted Lance Corporal
      23:01:1902 Appointed Acting Corporal
      05:07:1902 Appointed Lance Sergeant
      07:04:1905 Posted to 1st Battalion
      13:10:1905 Promoted Sergeant
      13:10:1905 Attached to Royal Military College, Sandhurst and appointed Assistant Drill Instructor
      06:09:1908 Appointed Acting Staff Sergeant with temporary rank of Colour Sergeant
      13:08:1914 Promoted Colour Sergeant
      06:03:1915 Appointed to a Commission as 2nd Lieutenant into the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, Regular Army, 3rd Battalion
      21:06:1915 Embarked from Malta for UK Plymouth
      date not recorded Attached to Royal Fusilliers, 26th Battalion
      1917 Instructor at Officers School of Instruction, Bedford
      1917-1918 Employed with RAF as adjutant, Squadron Leader and Commandant
      1919-1920 Company Commander Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 2nd Battalion
      1920-1923 Commandant Musketry Camp Tregantle, Devon
      14:11:1923 Retired and granted the rank of Major
      14:11:1928 Ceased to belong to the Regular Reserve of Officers



    5. [S20] Other Researchers - Angela Thomas.
      Also from the MOD records
      Overseas Service
      South Africa 04:01:1900 to 29:08:1900
      Gallipoli 25:04:1915 to 04:06:1915
      France 01:04:1916 to 01:07:1916
      South Africa 1900 to 1901

      Promotions
      2nd Lieutenant 06:03:1915
      Lieutenant 31:01:1916
      Captain LG 11:07:1917

      Medals Awarded
      South African Medal and 2 Clasps
      Military Cross LG 1.1.17


    6. [S20] Other Researchers - Angela Thomas.
      Also from the MOD records

      On attestation he was described as 5'7" tall weighing 122lbs and his trade was given as porter.

      His marriage to Minnie at Belfast on 19 December 1900 is recorded in the documents as is the birth of his son William Arthur born 16 February 1902 at Holywood. His next of kin is given as his mother Martha Worral of 3 Black Lion Court, Berwick Street, Oxford Street, London and his sisters Martha and Ellen.

    7. [S75] Other Researchers - Stephen Clowes.
      Albert Edward was running two households for some considerable time. The story goes that he was wounded at Gallipoli in 1915 and fell in love with his nurse, Kathleen, giving rise to Jean in 1916. Did you know that Jean’s middle name Krithia is a site on the battlefield at Gallipoli. He was killed by a bomb blast which threw him down the stairs at Danvers Street but he was already ill with cancer.

    8. [S1] Certificate, Birth.
      In Marylebone, at 55 Christopher Buildings.

    9. [S19] BMD - ancestry websites.
      {{Ancestry Record|61866|158762|uk}} (dbid=61866&h=158762)


    10. [S1] Certificate, Death.
      Living with Minnie at 49 Danvers St, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London

    11. [S75] Other Researchers - Stephen Clowes.
      Albert and Minnie had a second child who died not long after a very difficult birth after which Minnie refused to have sex again - this might partly explain why Albert took a second "wife".

    12. [S1] Certificate, Marriage.
      Married Minnie in Belfast.

  • Censuses 
    1. [76]   British Census - 1891, 8 Dufour's Place, Westminster, England - Albert Worrall, aged 9

    2. [15]   British Census - 1901, 3 Black Lion Court, Westminster, England - Albert Worrall, aged 19

    3. [243]   British Census - 1911, Royal Military College For Training Officers For The Army, Camberley, England - Albert Edward Worrall, aged 31