Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
25 Sep 1915
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Pte Albert Newbury, 18360, 2nd Battalion Bed Regt, was killed in action at the Battle of Loos in Flanders on August 25th, 1915. He had been reported missing and it was not until August 1916 that official notification of his death was received. He was aged 24.
A native of Luton, he lived at 35 Burr Street, Luton, and had married Mary Kirkwood (nee Penman) on July 26th, 1913, and the couple had one child, Alexander, born 1914. Pte Newbury was employed as an iron founder working on gas stoves pipes at the Diamond Foundry before he joined the Bedfords at the outbreak of war.
In 1911 Albert and his widowed mother Kate and brothers were lodging with his mother's widower father James Reynolds Pinnock. James, born in Hitchin, was a painter who suffered a back injury in March 1906 when he fell from a ladder while working for the Midland Railway.
There is no online record of a marriage between Kate Pinnock and Herbert Newbury. The only mention of Herbert living with his family was in the 1891 Census, living in Cobden Street. By 1901 Kate, Albert and brother Harry were living at 19Albion Road, Luton, but that Census shows a Herbert Newbury from Luton as being a prisoner in Bedford Jail.
Albert's brother Harry had enlisted in the 5th Bedfords in 1914 but was discharged as medically unfit the following year. He worked as a tram driver in Luton.
Pte Alexander Penman, of the 2nd Northants Regiment, had also lodged at 35 Burr Street before he was killed in action at Bois Grenier in Belgium on September 25th, 1915, three days after the death of Albert.