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Old 30-06-14, 17:40
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Default (13) Albert Hoadley, Sergeant 7249, 1st Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps

The 13th of the Old boys of St Wilfrid's School, Haywards Heath to lose his life in WW1

Albert was one of ten children born to Albert and Ruth Hoadley. Albert was born in Brighton in 1888, by 1891 the family were in Eastbourne where Albert’s father was a baker, the family came to Haywards Heath sometime before 1901. Albert senior was a baker at the Asylum, by then they lived in Franklynn Road and Albert junior had become a telegraph messenger.

His army records survive, they show he joined the army in Brighton on 13th August 1906, training in Aldershot and Winchester, serving in Malta and by 1911 he was a corporal and serving in India, returning in 1912 after which he left the army to work at the Asylum.

Albert left for France on 24 Nov 1914 and died of wounds in France on 16 May 1915.
These pieces appeared in the local paper:

Mr & Mrs A Hoadley of 15 Western Road have received an official intimation that their son, Albert, who is a Sergeant in the 1st Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps, was slightly wounded in action on May 15th or 16th. They have heard nothing about his whereabouts or his present condition.

Many people in Haywards Heath were sorry to hear the sad news, received last week, that Sergeant Albert Hoadley, 1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps, had succumbed on May 16th, at a clearing hospital at the base, to wounds received on the Western Front. Sergeant Hoadley, who was 26 years of age, was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs A Hoadley of Western Road, Haywards Heath. Born at Brighton, he was educated at Eastbourne and St Wilfrid’s, Haywards Heath. He had served in his regiment in Crete, Malta and India, being five years in the last named dependency, and received the Coronation Durbar medal. When he had completed his term of service in the Army he became an attendant with the Brighton Borough Asylum, Haywards Heath – a position he had occupied for about a year. When hostilities commenced in August, he as a reservist, answered the mobilisation call. After serving for a period as a Sergeant Instructor at Sheerness he went out to the front on November 17th. He was wounded in April, and he had not long returned to the trenches when he received another wound, and this proved to be fatal. Mr & Mrs Hoadley and family desire to thank the many kind friends who have expressed sympathy in their sad bereavement.

His belongings - a watch and chain, pouch, note book, ring and writing pad were returned to his father at 15 Western Road on the 2nd November 1915. Albert was buried at Aire Communal Cemetery, France, grave I. A 11.

His father also received his outstanding pay of £14 18s 11d and a War Gratuity of £8.

Last edited by Jill; 19-01-15 at 18:29. Reason: effects/gratuity
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