Bombardier Albert Edward Rea (2052 / 830257)

'B' Bty, 241st (South Midland) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 48th Division, T.F., B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: St Leonard Newland,

Burial/Commemoration: Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery

Nature of Death: Killed in action Flanders 9/10/1917

Age: 22

Next of Kin: Son of George and Betsy Rea.

Capbadge of the Royal Artillery

Albert Rea, a native of Newland, was killed during the Passchendaele offensive.

He served with the South Midland Territorial Artillery in France and Flanders, and was admieeted to hospital for a short period of time in January 1916. He was granted a week’s leave in May 1916. In October 1917 the 48th Division, of which Rea’s artillery brigade were a part, were attacking German positions near Poelcappelle, and presumably 241 Brigade were supporting this movement.

The 1/8th Worcestershire Regiment were heavily engaged on this day.

Albert Rea is commemorated both at St Leonard’s, Newland and All Saints, The Wyche.

Mr D Corbett 1998

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