Private 9296 Albert Edward Tromans

Killed in Action on Saturday, 25th September 1915, age 22.
Commemorated on Panel 73 to 76 of Loos Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

2nd Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 6th Brigade of 2nd Division.

Son of Samuel and Polly Tromans, of Tamworth, Staffs.
Born: Tamworth, Staffs, Enlisted: West Bromwich, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 16th March 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/1770974/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
2 Dale Street, Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Samuel Tromans (39, Mineral Water Carter, born Tamworth), his wife Mary Ann (34, born Tamworth), and their 6 children: Harry (15, Butcher's Assistant, born Tamworth), Samuel (13, Butcher's Assistant, born Tamworth), Florence (11, born Tamworth), Albert (9, born Tamworth), Sidney (5, born Tamworth), and Frances (2, born Tipton).

1911 Census
5 Lewis Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Samuel Tromans (45, Carter, born Amington), his wife Mary Ann (44, born Kettlebrook), and 5 of their 8 surviving children of 10: Albert Edward (18, Iron Worker, born Glascote Heath), Sydney Edgar (15, Iron Worker, born Glascote Heath), Frances (13, born Tipton), Olive (4, born West Bromwich), and Dora (11 months, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Albert and Samuel Tromans were brothers, both born in Glascote Heath, Tamworth, both living Tipton.

After Albert's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £4/14/1d (4 pounds, 14 shillings and 1 penny); this was paid to his father, Alfred E., in December 1916. His War Gratuity was £4/0/0d (4 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Albert had enlisted in approximately August 1914.

Action resulting in his death

2nd South Staffs in the Battle of Loos.
The 2nd South Staffs was positioned near Cuinchy, north of Loos and to the west of La Bassée. The divisional objective was to attack either side of the La Bassée canal, creating a defensive flank for the 9th Division to its south and protect them from German offensive action and fire from this area. The 2nd South Staffs were to attack just to the south of the La Bassée canal after release of gas. The Royal Engineers thought conditions unfavourable for gas release, but the order to release the gas was confirmed. The gas put 130 men out of action before the advance started.

The attack, along narrow paths across heavily cratered ground, was unsuccessful. Although only 200 yards wide it contained huge craters. The only progress was a party of 2nd South Staffs men who moved along the canal banks towards the German Embankment Redoubt where their advance was halted. At 9.00am there was a further 30 minute artillery bombardment but to no avail as the German strong-points were not destroyed, and by 9.45am action was suspended for the day.

47 men of the 2nd South Staffs were killed on the 25th September, this included 3 Tipton men - Privates Albert Tromans, Thomas Nicholls, and Arthur Wood. None of these men have a known grave and are commemorated on the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Gazette 26th October 1916
Previously reported missing, now reported killed.
S. STAFFORDS.- Tromans, 9296, A.E., (Tipton).