SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
22/1035 Private ALBERT TATE.
22nd Bn, Durham Light Infantry.
Killed in action, aged 29, on the 30th July 1916.
Born at Skelton in Cleveland. Enlisted at Ferry Hill, Co Durham.
Son of Margaret and the late Alonza Tate,
of 1 Green Rd, Skelton-in-Cleveland, N Yorks.
Cambrin Churchyard Extension, 24 kms North of Arras.
Soldiers Died in Great War gives residence as East Howle, Ferry Hill.
1891. Albert, aged 3, is living at "Wharton Cottages", Skelton, N Yorks. He was born in Skelton.
1901. Albert, aged 13, was living at 139 High St, same house as 1891.
His father, Alonza, aged 53, worked as a Horseman on Home Farm, and had been born in Skelton.
His mother, Margaret, aged 46, had been born in Boosbeck N Yorks. By 1911 she has had 8 children and 6 are still living.
He had two older brothers - Henry 26, who was a Wagon Wayman in the Ironstone mine and Robert 22, a grocer's
assistant - and a sister Jane, age 15.
1911. The family are still at 139 High St. Albert has left and only Jane still at home.
They have a 31 year old, Drapery Manager as a Boarder.
By the time of Albert's death, his father had died and the family had moved to 1 Green Rd, Skelton.
The 22nd (Service) Battalion (3rd County Pioneers) of the Durham Light Infantry were formed in Durham on the 1st of October 1915.
On the 17 June 1916 they moved to France, and were attached to 19th Division.
On the 2nd July 1916, they were transferred to the 8th Division.
Albert's medal card shows that he was not awarded the 1914/15 Star and therefore did not go to France until 1916.
When Albert was killed the 8th Division were fighting in the first stages of the Battle of the Somme, but Albert is buried 24 kilometres to the North of Arras.
Cambrin is a French village 24 kilometres North of Arras and 8 East of Bethune. The Front at times was only 800 metres distant.