I’ve mentioned this man before on City Jackdaw, usually around Remembrance Sunday, but I feel that I should mention him again as today is the centenary of his death.
He is my Great Grandfather Albert Cartwright, of the Lancashire Fusiliers.
This is him with his wife, Ada. Maybe they had the photograph taken on his enlistment in 1914 because, you know, just in case . . .
He died at home, on this day in 1919, after being gassed during the second battle of the Marne in 1918. He was just forty. He lies in an unmarked grave at Phillips Park Cemetery, not far from Manchester City’s Etihad stadium.
That battle marked the beginning of the end for Germany. He almost made it safely to the end of the war.
He almost made it to 1920.
It wasn’t the first time he’d been injured. This photo, of course in black and white, shows Albert wearing his ‘hospital blues’, uniform they were given while recovering in hospitals back in England.
His war record states that he died on New Year’s Eve, though his death certificate says it was the 30th.
Perhaps it was either side of that midnight hour, when twenty four hours later the city would be ringing in the New Year, while his newly widowed wife Ada and his children, my Grandmother Lilian among them, would be grieving their loss.
It was a loss that reverberated down the years with my Gran.
And so, even further down the line, I remember him now, and always ❤️