1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Albert "Bert" or "Gan" Mingo

Contributed by: Carole Herbert, on 2008-11-09

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Rank
First Name Albert "Bert" or "Gan"
Surname Mingo
Year of Birth 1897
Year of Death 1918
Regiment Devonshire Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Topsham, Devon

Albert "Bert" or "Gan"'s Story

"Bert" was my Grandmother's first fiance.Ishall write the obituary from the local paper.Quite a gloom has beencast overTopsham by the receipt of the sad news that L-Cpl.A.C.Mingo,of the Worcester Regt,who was hourly expected home,had died in a German Hospital three days before the conclusion of hostilities.The deceased joined the7th Devons in May 1915,was transfered to the Worcester Regt,and proceeded to France being captured March21st at St Quentin. Previous to joining the army he was employed by Messrs .Green and Son,Exeter and was well known in Exeter,and beng of a genial disposition he won a large circle of friends. He would have been 23 years of age on Armistice Day.Further details were furnished by his chum L-Cpl J Voaden M.M of Wonford who visited deceased's parents on arriving from Germany.He stated that at St Quentin they were fairly overran, being in the front line,and surrendered to a "mopping up" party which treated them with kindness and consideration.They were sent to different camps but one day he saw Mingo through the wires of a fresh place of internment.Mingo on hearing the party were marching for a better camp,watched his opportunity,and climbing the barrier went with them,and continued with him until the end.For the last two months they had been employed behind the German lines in Alsace,loading coal trucks,each being given a certain amount of work to do,and sharply progged with the butt end of a rifle if it was considered they were not sharp enough.Their food consisted of vegetable broth and bread,but in the evening they would make it alright with the sentry,and whilst one did the work the other would go to the village,where the French would give him potatoes.The parents of L-Cpl Mingo have sent him parcels privately and through the Worcester Care Committee, but Voaden assures MRrand Mrs Mingo that their son had not received any,neither did he until two days before the Armistice,when one was thrown in to him.Voaden sold all he possessed for food,and that Mingo sold his gold ring to a German for extra bread.Mingo was taken to hospital suffering from dysentery,which carried off a lot of our men.He came out again,and was put to work,but had to return.The last time Voaden saw him he asked him to buck up,as it could not last much longer,to which he replied,"It will last too long for me ,old man,". He was removed the same night to the Military Hospital,and died the following day,November 8th .His funeral took place at Weivel Cemetery,Alsace.

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