1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Albert E Skinner

Contributed by: The Skinner Family, on 2008-11-09

Albert E Skinner
Rank
First Name Albert E
Surname Skinner
Year of Birth 1887
Year of Death 1917
Regiment Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Great Chart, Kent

Albert E's Story

This picture was taken in the Sinai Desert, September 1916. Albert was wounded in the attack on Samson's Ridge, Gaza, on 20th April 1917. He rejoined his regiment on October 1917 and fell in an attack on the Turks at Tel Khulweilfe on 4th November 1917. He is buried in Beersheba.

so cheery and good hearted even in the hardest times

Kentish Times: 9th February 1918:

Mr & Mrs Skinner of the Street, Great Chart have received official news of the death of their eldest son, Sergeant Albert Skinner of the Royal West Kents. Sergeant Skinner joined the Buffs in October 1914 and proceeded to Gallipoli where he was attached to the Royal West Kents. Leaving the Dardanelles he went to Egypt and was wounded in the attack at El Arish . After being in hospital for several months he rejoined his unit and was killed by a shell at Tel el Khuweil-Feir, north of Beersheba .

In a letter received from the Colonel it stated: 'Sergeant Skinner was killed while advancing against the Turks on 4th November. He was buried where he fell in a little valley below the hill which was eventually taken from the enemy. Not only his own platoon but the officers and men of the whole battalion lost a great friend when Sgt Skinner was killed. He was with the battalion from the formation and was always so cheery and good hearted even in the hardest times.'

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