Albert Lewis Catlin

18957, Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment

Killed in Action on the 5th September 1916 aged 32

The grave of Lance Corporal Albert Lewis Catlin in the Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France.

Albert was the son of Susan Catlin of High Street, Graveley and the husband of Mary Catlin of 47 Alleyns Road, Stevenage.

He arrived in France with his Battalion on the 13th May 1915, and was killed during the Somme offensive following an attack on Falfemont Farm, a German fortified strong-point to the South-east of an area known as Wedge Wood. The Battalion successfully captured the farm in the early hours of the 5th September 1916. However, there was no part of the farm left standing and, as result no real shelter for the assaulting battalions, who had to spend the night in the open. Early in the morning the Germans shelled the area and the battalion suffered many casualties, among which is believed to have been Albert Catlin.

He is buried in the Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France. (27.D.1.)

Medal Entitlement: 1915 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

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