Albert John Harding

Albert John Harding

Albert John HardingAlbert joined the 40th Battalion in April 1916, at the age of 23. He and his father Charles were both working as shepherds on Charlton.

He arrived in France in November 1916. In May 1917, he suffered a gunshot would to the arm in fighting towards the Messine Ridge. He rejoined his unit in November. In April 1918, he was promoted to Lance Corporal. Then in fighting near Bapaume in the Somme Valley in August 1918, Albert was again wounded, receiving a bullet wound to the thigh. He was invalided to England where he saw out the war.

After the war, Albert returned to Ross and in 1920 he married Daisy Pickett from Lowes Park, Woodbury. They lived and worked on Mona Vale and had two children.

In 1926, Albert died at Mona Vale. He was accorded a full military funeral. Fellow-serviceman, Trevor Knowles, fired a volley as a last mark of respect. Albert is buried at Ross.

Albert’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.