Thursday, 2 January 2014

Private's suicide reveals the horrors of the battlefield

HERE is an extract from Mr Potts's book, documenting just one soldier's tragic tale. 'Private Albert Ellis Brock, 'C' Company, 1st Bn, Cheshire Regiment, died May 11, 1916, aged 31, at home. Buried Haslington (St. Matthew) Churchyard, Cheshire, and commemorated on the Haslington War Memorial. Son of Vincent Henry and Harriet Ann Brock of New Street, Crewe, and husband of Maud Brock (nee Cooper) of 12, Bold Street, Haslington. They had married at St. Matthew's Church, Haslington on June 1, 1912. Their only son, Vincent Arnold, was born on August 8, 1913. Went to France (Le Havre) on August 16, 1914. Fought in the Battle of Mons where he was badly wounded in the right forearm (shrapnel wound just below the elbow joint, which shattered both the radius and ulna bones) on August 24, during the famous rearguard action by the Cheshires at Audregnies (under Captain Dugmore). He was taken prisoner, but later released due to a prisoner exchange, Read more HERE  R.I.P.