Albert Cash

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Number: 3883                         Unit: 1/4th Lincoln
                                                         Regiment
Rank: Private                 Commemorated:
                       Foncquevillers Cemetery,  France

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PERSONAL DETAILS.

3883 Pte. Albert Cash was the only son of William Cash of Horsington Holmes Stixwould.  He was 19 years of age when he died.  Prior to the war Mr. Middleton Farmer of Kirkstead employed him and I would assume it is through this connection he is commemorated on the Kirkstead memorial. Albert enlisted in May 1915 and died from wounds received in action.

SERVICE DETAILS.

Under the Army reforms introduced by the Secretary of State for War, Richard Haldane, of 1907, the existing Yeomanry and Volunteer forces were to be combined into a new organisation to be known as the Territorial Force.  In 1908 the 3 existing volunteer battalions of the Lincolnshire Rifle Volunteers, were re-organised to form the 4th and 5th Battalions of the Lincolnshire Regiment.  The 2/4th Lincolns were formed in the early part of the war and until February 1917 served in Ireland.  A newspaper report of the time tells us Albert served in Ireland after completing his initial training in England.  He left Ireland with a draft for France in late 1916 joining the 1/4th Lincolns who were already serving on the Western Front.

There is little to record of historical interest in the 8 battalions of the Lincolnshire Regiment in France for the early part of 1917.  All had many moves; all had tours in the trenches suffering the wet and mud, as well as the danger from hostile fire, or raids;  all had periods in training camps or as working parties.  Albert is recorded as dying from his wounds on the 6th January 1917 and one can only assume he became a casualty, not from any great battle, but normal daily trench warfare.

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