Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Private Albert Price, 7th Battalion, the Buffs (East Kent Regiment), died from wounds received in action the previous day during the fighting at Trones Wood.
One of eleven children of a fruit preserver at the Ely Jam Factory, Private Price had been employed for three years at High Flyer Farm in New Barns as a milkman before enlisting after the outbreak of the Great War. He was christened Albert but on enlisting he was named as Alfred – it is not clear if that was his doing or if it was confusion on the recruiter’s part, as Private Price enlisted along with his best friend, Alfred Pegram.
Private Price was wounded on the 13th of July at Trones Wood and taken to the clearing station, but sadly he died from his wounds the following day. His parents did not receive any notification of his death at the time. When they had not hear from him for several weeks, the daughter of his employer, Miss Cross, wrote to his commanding officer in late August to make enquiries. She received a response which unfortunately referred to Private Pegram, indicating that he had been wounded but had returned to the front after a stay in hospital. Private Pegram, wounded at the same time, was later to clarify the situation by writing to Mrs. Price, and the commanding officer later also wrote with the details of their son’s death, including praise of him as a soldier.
Private Price was buried in Bonfary Farm, Carnoys, but his grave could not be located after the war, and he is commemorated on theThiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme (as Alfred), the Ely Market Place Memorial and the Holy Trinity Memorial.
Albert, from Ely in Cambridgeshire, was 20 years old.