The Fallen of Harlow in WW1: Albert Monk

History / Tue 30th Apr 2019 at 02:36pm

THE SHORT life of Albert Monk as read out by HTS Ltd’s Rachel Walker.

This project has been brought to you by the Harlow Council Civic Fund and HTS Ltd.

Never Forget.

Albert’s parents were Joseph Monk, born in Harlow in c.1852 and Eliza Saville, born in Matching in c.1853. They married in Harlow in 18761 and Albert John Monk was born in Harlow in the spring of 18852.

The 1891 census recorded Albert residing in Sheering Road, Harlow with his parents and siblings Edward, Joseph, Florence and William. Joseph was working as a groom. The 1901 census shows Albert residing in High House Road, Harlow aged sixteen, working as a bricklayer. He was living with his parents, who by now had a further child, Edith. Albert’s father was working as a domestic groom. The 1911 census shows Albert living in Sheering Road, Harlow working as a bricklayer. He was residing with his parents and brother William. Joseph was a farm labourer.

Private Albert John Monk, 27247, enlisted in Epping, in the spring of 1916 and served in the
11th Battalion of The Essex Regiment. The regiment fought in The Battles of the Somme, the Cambrai operations and The Battle of Lys. On 1 June 1916, they were just behind the lines at Vlamertinghe when a German shell landed in baths set up in a hop factory and three men were killed. Albert was killed in action on 2 June 1918, aged 34. He is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium. Plot 11, row D, grave 19. Register Index Number Bel.3.

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