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Signaller Albert Joseph K Oliver

163693 Royal Garrison Artillery

Grave E.1074Son of Mr Howard and Mrs Jane A Oliver
Husband of Ellen (nee Millard)

Aged 29 years

Died 12th October 1918

Commemorated at Abbeville Communal Cemetery (Extension)
Grave IV. H.2.
And in Rushden Cemetery
Grave E.1074

Born at Bedford, enlisted at Rushden.
Rushden Echo, October 18th, 1918, transcribed by Greville Watson

Rushden’s Casualty List - Victims of the War

We are sorry to learn that Mrs Oliver, of 104, Queen-street, has been officially informed of the death from wounds on Oct. 12th of her husband, 163693 Signaller Albert Joseph Oliver, R.G.A. The deceased soldier, who was 29 years of age, was wounded in the leg on Oct. 8th, and as above stated succumbed to his injuries after an amputation of the injured limb. There are pathetic circumstances accompanying the sad news as yesterday morning Mrs Oliver received a bright letter from her husband, written after his operation, in which he said :"I am pleased to send a few lines to you with one consolation, I have done with the army if things go well. I have got a slight wound in the leg, because it was a gas shell that hit it, and it made the wound rather worse. Pleased to say I have had part of my leg off (ticket now) and when you get to know the news you will be quite as pleased as I am." Continuing, he said there was no need to worry as he was getting the best of "grub" and attention. He adds: "Thank God, I have done with the war or any other war and hope soon to be in Blighty." The late Signaller Oliver joined the Colours on May 23rd, 1917, and proceeded to France on January 19th this year. As a lad he passed through the Salvation Army Sunday school, and in later years he was heart and soul in the technical boot classes for pattern cutting and clicking management, obtaining seven certificates and a bronze medal. In his last examination in clicking management in April, 1916, he obtained a first-class certificate, County Council second prize, and bronze medal, so that the staple trade will suffer by his death in the service of his country. Up to the time of joining the Colours he was foreman clicker and pattern cutter to the Tecnic Boot Co., Ltd., Rushden, and Mr W. C. Tarry, the principal of the firm, in a letter of sympathy to the deceased soldier’s widow, speaks of the deceased’s many excellent qualities, and says that he (Mr Tarry) had planned that after the war he should take complete charge of the costings, both of material and labour, in all departments.  Mrs Oliver desires to return sincere thanks to the many kind friends who have expressed sympathy with her in her sore bereavement.

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