Albert Sarney


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RIFLEMAN 2070 1ST/8TH BATTALION HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT
DIED ON 12TH AUGUST 1915 AGED 23
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR HELLES MEMORIAL, TURKEY
PANEL 125-134 223-6 228-9 & 328

Albert Sarney was born 1894 in Buckinghamshire, son of John & Elizabeth Sarney. His father was a labourer on an estate at Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire. In 1901 the family were living in Flackwell Heath and Albertís siblings listed were Herbert aged 9yrs, William aged 3yrs and Frank aged 1 yr. In 1911 the family were still living in Flackwell Heath and Albertís father was a labourer/bricklayer. Albert is not listed on this Census. His siblings listed here are William, Frank, Gilbert, James and Sarah. The parents record having had 10 children of whom 7 are still living at this time.

Albert enlisted at Newport on the Isle of Wight. He saw action in the Dardenelles where the Gallipoli Campaign took place. The 8 month Campaign aimed at relieving the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium by forcing the Turks out of the war and open a supply route to Russia through the Dardenelles and the Black sea. Albert came under orders to refit for service at Gallipoli on 8th July 1915. His Battalion sailed from Liverpool and Devonport and the first ships reached Lemnos, an island near the Gallipoli Peninsula on 6th August 1915. Between 10th and 15th August the units landed at Sulva Bay as reinforcements for the Allied soldiers who were fighting to recapture Scimitar Hill and remove the immediate Turkish threat from the exposed Sulva landings and link with the Anzac sectors to the south. Albert Sarney died before this battle had finished. It was ultimately unsuccessful.




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