1st/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Killed in action on Sunday 24th June 1917 aged 19
Albert was killed by a shell during an attack on German trenches at Lens.
During the greater part of the war this was a front-line cemetery used by fighting units and field ambulances, and protected from German observation by a slight rise in the ground.
Albert was buried in the Maroc British Cemetery Grenay France on Tuesday 26th June 1917.
His memorial reads:-
Cold is the clay on his beautiful head,
Sweet is the sleep of the innocent dead.
The love that we bore him will live in our breast,
Till we meet again in the land of the blessed.
We loved him, yes, no tongue can tell
How deep, how dearly, and how well;
Christ loved him too, and thought it best
To take him home with him to rest.
From his sorrowing Mother, Father, Sisters and Brother.
Albert was the son of Mr Albert and Mrs Anne Beresford of Cow Hill Belper, his father Mr Albert Beresford senior had worked at Denby Colliery but suffered severe injuries during an accident at the pit in 1911, which left his son Albert the main wage earner in the family.
His younger siblings were Georgina, Harriett and James. James was later killed when his ship was torpedoed in WW2.
Albert had enlisted in Belper in February 1915 at the age of 17.
Albert was employed at Denby Colliery and was a well known local footballer playing for St Swithuns.
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