Lance Corporal 1295 Albert Edward Scriven

 Scriven Albert 96 678x500
Photograph courtesy of Steve Moore and Margaret Carter.

Died of Wounds Gallipoli on Monday, 14th June 1915, age 19.
Buried in Grave I. B. 4. at East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece.

1st/7th Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers. 125th Brigade of 42nd Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Salford, Lancs., Resident: Weaste, Manchester.

First landed Balkans, 5th May 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/626518/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Albert Edward Scriven registered September quarter 1895 in Dudley.

1901 Census.
10 Brewery Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Edward Scriven (31, Chain Striker, born Tipton), his wife Clara (30, born Tipton), and their 3 children: Albert E. (5, born Tipton), Leonard J. (4, born Tipton), and Gladys M. (3 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census.
178 Hulme Hall Lane, Miles Platting, Manchester, Lancs.
Edward Scriven (41, Greengrocer - Shopkeeper, born Tipton), his wife Clara (39, born Tipton), and their 3 children: Albert (16, Junior Draughtsman, born Tipton), Leonard (14, Apprentice Iron Turner, born Tipton), and Gladys (10, School, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

Albert belonged to the 1/7th Lancashire Fusiliers, a Territorial Battalion of the 42nd (East Lancs) Division. This was the first Territorial Division to be sent overseas, to Egypt in September 1914. As Albert's Medal Index Card shows him first landing in the Balkans in May 1915, he may not have been a pre-war Territorial.

The 42nd Division landed at Helles, Gallipoli, from early May 1915. They made two attempts to break out from Helles into the higher ground at Krithia. Albert may have been wounded in either of the first two attempts, on 6th-8th May or on 4th June, or he may just have been wounded by the daily exchanges of artillery and gun fire. He was evacuated back to the island on Lemnos which was the main base for the Gallipoli campaign and had numerous hospitals. Albert died on 14th June and is buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery.

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