DUGGINS Albert Henry
Regiment : C Battery 241st Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Service number : 830055
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds on 12th October 1917
Buried : Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3, Belgium, Grave II. L. 19.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Redditch
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.)
Albert Duggins enlisted for a period of 4 years in the 2nd South Midland Brigade Royal Field Artillery on 24th October/November 1909 at Redditch. [The month of his enlistment is given on various pages as either October or November.] On his attestation form he gave his place of birth as Prospect Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, his age as 19 years 8 months and his occupation as a Polisher for H. Terry and Sons. He was resident at 3 Ipsley Road, this was later amended to 10 Wellington Street. Albert married Amy Hills on 28th December 1909 in Worcester and the couple had 2 children, a daughter born on 3rd October 1910 and a son born on 8th February 1915.
On 23rd October/November 1913 Albert had risen to the rank of Corporal when he re-engaged for a further year’s service. On 18th August 1915 Albert re-engaged for a further 4 years or for the duration of the war. He was promoted to Sergeant on 31st March 1916 when his service number changed from 756 to 830055. After attending a course at artillery school he rejoined his unit on 22nd April 1916. Albert was mentioned in despatches on the 13th November 1916, the report appearing in the London Gazette dated 4th January 1917. On 11th August 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal, reported in the London Gazette of 17th September 1917. Albert died of wounds on 12th October 1917 at the 2nd Anzac Corps Brigade Wound dressing Station, France. He had served 7 years 355 days.