Friday, 19 June 2015

Hadcroft, Albert - Private (19722)

Private Albert Hadcroft
2nd Battalion,
Coldstream Guards,
Died from pneumonia,
31st October 1918,
Age 28
Buried St. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

Newspaper Report:


Mrs. Hadcroft of 15 Back Chapel Street, Haslingden, has received official information of the death from pneumonia of her husband, Private Albert Hadcroft, M.M., Colstream Guards.
The deceased soldier enlisted in October 1916, and went out to France in May, 1917, where he won the Military Medal in July of the same year. He was afterwards made bombing instructor and drafted back to the south of England.
In civil life Pte. Hadcroft was employed at the Holme Bleachworks, and previously as a weaver at Syke Mill (Slaters).
He leaves a wife and two children to mourn their loss, and was 28 years of age.
His name is on the roll of honour at St. James Parish Church.
He was well respected and highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving remembrance of my dear husband, Pte. Albert Hadcroft, M.M., who died in France, October 31st, 1918.

"When alone in my sorrow, and bitter tears flow,
A dream comes to me of the sweet long ago,
And unknown to the world he stands by my side,
And whispers, "Dear wife, death cannot divide."

"Dear daddy, God willed that it so should be,
But we learn to bless you at mother's k nee."

Deeply mourned by his wife and litte ones.

"We mourn for you, dear son and brother,
But not with outward show;
For the heart that mourns sincerely,
Mourns silently and low.
Dearer to memory than words can tell,
Are thoughts of him we loved so well."

From his sorrowing father, sister Florrie, brothers Percy and Greg.

"Forget him; No! we never will,
For in our hearts we loved him still;
Forgotten to the world by some he may be,
But dear to our memory he always will be."

From his loving sister, Susie; also niece, Elsie and brother in law, Ross (in France).

"Little he thought his time so short,
In this world to remain,
When from his home he went away,
He thought to come again."

From uncle and aunt, 17 Back Chapel Street, Haslingden.

"He left home, his children, his wife,
Whom he willingly toiled for and loved as his life;
Oh God, how mysterious and strange are Thy ways,
To take from us this loved one in the best of his days."

From his sorrowing Wife and Children, 15 Back Chapel Street, Haslingden.

"We never thought when you came home,
It was your last good-bye,
For you went back so bravely,
Never thinking you were going to die.

But you have died for home and duty,
God knows you have done your best;
And now you are asleep in Jesus,
A British soldier laid to rest."
"Eternal re-union awaits us in heaven."

From his sorrowing Father, Sister Florrie, Brother Percy, and Gregory (now serving in France).

"He proudly answered his country's call,
And gave his life to save us all;
His heart was good, his spirit brave,
His resting place a soldier's grave."

From his sorrowing Brother and Sister in law, Jack and Sarah, and family.

"Forget him? No! we never will,
For in our hearts we love him still;
Sad was the blow, the shock severe,
To part with one we loved so dear."

From his Sister and Brother in law, and Niece Elsie, Susy, and Ross (serving in France)

"Dearest nephew thou hast left us,
Thy sad loss we deeply feel;
But the God who has bereaved us,
He can all our sorrows heal."

From Uncle and Aunt, 17 Back Chapel Street, Haslingden.