Albert Horsfall was born in 1887 in Bradford the son of Thomas Henry Horsfall and Annie, nee Rowlands.Thomas and Annie lived at 51 Lingard Street for many years and had 11 children, Albert beig teh seventh.Thomas worked as a dyers labourer and a plasterer’s labourer and in 1901 Albert at 13 years of age was working as a worsted spinner. By 1911 the family had moved to 64 Cartwright Terrace in Otley Road. Thomas Henry is now
working as a wool comber and Albert again as a worsted spinner.On the 22nd December 1912 Albert married Lucy Townsend at St Peter Parish Church. Albert was 25 years of age, a yarn merchant’s warehouseman of 9 Lofthouse Street. Lucy was 25 years of age, a weaver, of 93 Bridge Street, Bradford.Albert and Lucy had one child, Lilian Townsend born in 1915. At the time of his enlistment they were living at 304 Moorside Road.
Albert enlisted as Private 205558 in the 1/7th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington West Riding Regiment.The 1/7th Battalion saw action on the Somme, at Ypres during the German Spring Offensive and in the final Allied one hundred days offensive in the autumn of 1918. It is not known whether Albert was killed in action or died of wounds but he died on the 15th of October 1918 during the Battle of Courtrai, 14th to the 19th of October. He was 31 years of age.
Albert was buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery at Ficheux, a cemetery used by the 22nd, 30th and 33rd Casualty Clearing Stations.He left his soldiers effects to his widow Lucy who received £7.16.11d on the 8th April 1919 and a War Gratuity of £6.10s.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks