CHANCE Albert Henry
Regiment : 2nd/7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service number : A0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 22nd March 1918 aged 26
Buried : Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, France, Panel 18 and 19.
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Old Swinford C of E School. Stourbridge St Thomas's Church.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Cathedral Roll of Honour books and Great Western Railway information researched by Sandra Taylor.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Albert Chance lived at Worcester Street, Stourbridge, and worked for the Great Western Railway in its Claims Dept. at Birmingham. He enlisted in June 1915 as a volunteer in the Warwickshire Regiment and was promoted Corporal, Sergeant and Quarter Master Sergeant. He was then commissioned into the 2/7th Battalion on the 30th May 1917. This battalion was in the 61st Division which fought at Third Ypres in 1917 and by early 1918 was stationed on the front line near St. Quentin. Here they faced the first great German Spring offensive which opened on the 21st March. The Warwicks were greatly outnumbered and were forced to make a fighting withdrawal. Casualties were very heavy and among them was Lieutenant Albert Chance.
Great Western Railway Roll of Honour:
Albert Henry Chance Clerk/Goods Department/Birmingham Age 26 2nd Lieutenant Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Killed in Action 22/3/1918.
Source: The Great Western Railway in the First World War by Sandra Gittins, 2010.
Death reported in the Great Western Railway staff magazine, reference 1918/09/139 and 12/175. Photo in the Great Western Railway staff magazine, reference 1918/12/175
Albert Chance has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Pozieres Memorial.