Regiment : 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 20308
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 17th June 1917 aged 31
Buried : St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave II. K. 10.
Relatives : Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Biddle, 5 Summer St., Barbourne, Worcester
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall as H. Biddle.
The birth of Albert Harry Biddle is registered in the December Quarter 1885 under the Worcester Registration District.
Summer St, Worcester
Henry Biddle, head, age 41, General Labourer, born Leominster, Herefordshire
Elizabeth Biddle, wife, age 36, born Hallow, Worcestershire
Albert Biddle, son, age 15, Leather Parer, born City, Worcester
May Biddle, daughter, age 11, born Northwick, Worcester
Elsie Biddle, daughter, age 9, born Northwick, Worcester
George Biddle, son, age 4, born Northwick, Worcester
Fred Biddle, son, age 2, born St Stephens, Worcester
A photograph of Private B. Biddle can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 7th July 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
The Medal Roll Index Card for Albert Biddle record that he entered active service overseas in the Balkans on 29th August 1915.
It is likely that Albert Biddle became a casualty taking part in The Battle of Messines (7th –14th June 1917). The battle was an offensive conducted by the British Second Army, under the command of General Sir Herbert Plumer, on the Western Front near the village of Messines in West Flanders. It was an action notable for its well planned preparations, including the tunnelling of 21 mines under the German front line – 19 of which were successfully detonated on 7th June. The battle was followed by opening of the Third Battle of Ypres (Battle of Passchendaele) on 31st July 1917.