Albert was a regular soldier serving for six years prior to the commencement of the war. The Halifax Courier gives details of his death and show that his family address was Wellington Street, Queensbury.
Service records for an Albert Welch dated 1909 have been found showing an enlistment date of 19th October 1909 (place of enlistment Halifax) and these are believed to be for the above man. These records can be linked to the 1901 census and show that Albert’s parents were Richard and Annie and that he was the eldest of their five children, at the time of the census the family lived at Jane Street, Bradford and Albert was aged 11.
We know from the Halifax Courier that Albert served for some time in India before the war and then saw service in France and the Mesopotamia theaters, the service records show that he arrived in France in 1914.
Albert served in the Royal Field Artillery and was again stationed in India when he died in hospital in Bombay on 25th January 1917 after undergoing an operation. He is commemorated on the KIRKEE 1914-1918 MEMORIAL (Face B).