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Service No(s):


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Unit:

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Islington, Middlesex

Occupation:

1911- School

Date of death:

Cause of death:

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Name of father:

Frank Hart

Name of siblings:

Frank, Beatrice, Harriett, George, John, Florence, Eugenie, Joseph, Harry, Louisa, Stanley

Name(s) of children:

Died:

No

Date of birth:

Place of enlistment:

Event:

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Name of mother:

Harriett Hart (nee Gibbons)

Name of spouse:

Nellie Hart (nee Tempany)

Address:

23 Fonthill Road (1911 Census)

Biography:

Albert Hart was one of four brothers in a large local family who are commemorated at St Mellitus. Together with his brother George, he returned safely from the war, but John and Harry both died.

The Hart family lived at 33 Regina Road at the turn of the 20th century when Albert was born to Frank and his wife Harriett, nee Gibbons. In the 1901 census Frank was a bricklayer and Harriett had no occupation listed. Harriett bore 13 children altogether, but two died early in life. In 1901 ten children lived with their parents, their ages ranging from 20 to just seven months. Albert’s father Frank died in 1907 at the age of 51.

By 1911 the family was living at 23 Fonthill Road, just a few streets away. Albert was 12 years old and still at school. Seven of his older siblings were living at home: two sisters were Machinists at a blouse manufacturer; George was a Butcher’s Assistant; Joseph an Engineer’s Errand Boy; and Harry a School Hairdresser’s Lather Assistant. His sister Eugenie was a Daily Nurse and their mother, a Monthly Nurse. Albert’s brother John had left home to join the British Army in 1907, and in 1911 was stationed in Mhow, in Central India with his regiment.

Albert would have been 15 or 16 years old when war was declared on 4 August 1914, too young to enlist, though some boys pretended they were older in order to do so. It has not proved possible to establish when Albert did enlist or in which branch of the military. His name is not uncommon and there are many Albert Harts in the surviving records, but with no specific information to identify the correct one. Albert may have joined the same Army regiment as others from the local area, but this may not be the case; he may have been a volunteer, or he may have been conscripted in 1916.

We do know that, whatever his service, Albert survived the war and returned to Stroud Green. On 1 August 1925, at St Mark’s Church in Tollington Park, he married Nellie Tempany, aged 30, who lived at 10 Everleigh St. Albert’s occupation at the time was Billiard Marker.

The Hart family lost two sons in the war: Harry, aged 19 in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and John, the regular soldier who had been on the Western Front since the start of the war, in the Second Battle of the Somme in 1918. Harriett must have been relieved to see Albert and George return home safely.