Bringing Them Home

Firstname:
Albert Edward 

Surname:
BACON 

Year of Birth:
1896 

Date of Death:
09/08/1917 

Age at Death:
21 

Regiment:
Essex regiment 

Battalion orBrigade:
2Bn 

Company or Battery:
 

Rank:
Private 

Soldier Number:
 

Next of Kin:
father 10 George St Lboro 

On the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website?

Place of Death:
Nr Arras, France 

Connection to Wymeswold:
Born and raised in Loughborough, he appears to have worked on a farm in Wymeswold 

Cemetery:
 

Remembered on other Memorials?
Loughborough 

Grave Number:
 

Overseas Memorial:
Arras 

Pier/Face:
Bay 7 

Other Memorial:
 

Soldier

Front of a postcard sent by Albert to the vicar of Wymeswold, Rev. Edmunds. Under the slogan ‘All United’ are the flags of the UK, Belgium, France, Italy and Russia. Italy had declared war on Germany and Austria in May 1915, so it is likely the card dates after this.

Soldier

The rear of the same postcard. It reads ‘Dear Sir, I am very pleased with you kind parcels I received this morning quite safe, Please remember me to the people, I am amongst the Wymeswold boys & I am expecting a leaving the trenches for christmas so if I get it I will give you a call no time to write a letter at present From your Affectionate Friend A E Bacon’. The reference to the trenches, and the fact that the postcard is French, indicate that he was in France. The reference to the Wymeswold boys suggests strongly that he was still with the 9th Battalion, Leicestershire regiment. Further, the reference to Christmas puts the date of the card in either late 1915 or late 1916. By the autumn of 1917, Albert Bacon was dead.

Soldier

Albert Bacon’s name on the Arras Memorial. The remaining mystery around Albert Bacon is: who had his name included on the Wymeswold Roll of Honour? His only involvement with the village seems to be that he worked on a farm before the war. He must have made good friends in the village, or perhaps had a fiancée here.

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