Private Albert Thomas M. Dodd

Albert Dodd © Dorking Advertiser
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Patricia Brazier for the following research.

Albert was born in Hackney in 1894. His Father is John Thomas Dodd and his mother is Isabella Charlotte (nee O’Meara.)

In the 1901 census his family are living at 100 Glyn Road in Hackney, Albert has two younger sisters Winnifred aged 4 and Rosa aged just one month. Albert’s father is a painter and decorator.

Albert’s mother, Isabella died in 1907. His father then married Jesse See in 1910. In the 1911 census Albert’s family are living at 11 Albany Road in Walthamstow, Albert is a Clerk and his sisters are at school.

Albert worked as a Bank Clerk in the Joint Stock Bank in Dorking. Whilst working in Dorking he met Kathleen Maud O’Connell and they married in Dorking in the March quarter of 1916. He enlisted into the Army at St Paul’s Churchyard in Covent Garden in 1916 and became a member of the Royal Fusiliers Bankers Battalion, so called because it mainly composed of Bank workers from the City of London.

The Bankers Battalion trained at Aldershot and arrived in France in May 1916. They were involved in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, and the battle of Transloy in 1916 and the battles of Messines, Picken Ridge and Menin Road in 1917.

Albert had been at the front for 16 months and was due home leave, when he died on 28 July 1917 from wounds he received the previous day. He is buried in Locre Hospice Cemetary in Belgium.

Albert is also remembered on a Memorial behind the HSBC building in Canary Wharf dedicated to all Joint Stock employees who died in the First World War.

Kathleen, his widow married John M Greenslade an Army Pensioner in Dorking in 1920. They had one son, Peter born in 1921. Kathleen died in 1982.

Son of                    John Thomas and Isabella Charlotte Dodd
Husband of             Kathleen Maud O’Connell

Lived                       Walthamstow

Worked                   Dorking Joint Stock Bank

Regiment                 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Number                   20253

Date of Death           28th July 1917
Place of Death          Flanders
Cause of Death         Died of Wounds

Age                          23

Cemetery                 Locre Hospice Cemetery, Heuvelland, Belgium