yeovil at War

albert charles purser

Killed in action in Flanders


Albert Charles Purser is commemorated on the War Memorial in the Borough and his name is inscribed in the County of Somerset Book of Remembrance in St Martin’s Chapel, Wells Cathedral but, despite extensive efforts, I can find no connection between him and Yeovil whatsoever.

Albert Purser was born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, in 1895 the son of carpenter Charles Purser (1864-1922) and Elizabeth née Collins (1865-1946). The 1911 census lists the family in Tewkesbury and Albert gave his occupation as 'Aprentist (sic) to Clothing'.

Albert enlisted at Taunton and, based on his Service Number 26738, this would appear to have been during 1916. He became a Private in the 6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry).

He was killed in action in Flanders on 21 June 1918, aged 23, and is commemorated on Panel 25 and 26 of Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, but until I can find more of a link to Yeovil, I'm leaving his page as it is.