Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Albert Maybury
2/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
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Albert Maybury was born in Birmingham in 1881. By 1891 he was residing at the Cottage Homes in Coleshill for pauper children from Birmingham workhouse. Ten years later Private Maybury was a servant to the Williams family. By 1911 he was living on Coleshill High Street with his employer, John Summerfield, for whom he delivered bread. He was enlisted in Coleshill into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (service number 5998) and on arriving in France was transferred to the 2/4th Battalion, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (service number 33009). Private Maybury was killed in action on 22 August 1917, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Albert Maybury was the inaugural Band Master and a Cornet Player in the Coleshill Brass Band at its formation in 1902
Local Soldiers Reported Missing Private A. Maybury, Oxford and Bucks. Regiment, is also reported missing. Mr. J. B. Summerfield, baker, Coleshill, with whom Private Maybury was employed, received an official intimation during the week. Private Maybury was in hospital in this country last winter, after several months in France. Before enlisting he was bandmaster of the Coleshill Brass Band. Coleshill Chronicle, Saturday, September 29, 1917.
Coleshill Chronicle 25th November 1916. Private Albert Maybury, formerly employed at Mr J. B. Summerfield’s, Coleshill, and well known as conductor of the Coleshill Brass Band, writes an interesting letter from France. He wishes all his old friends the compliments of the Christmas season, and continues: “After we came from England I was transferred to the Oxford and Bucks. My address is 33009, Oxford and Bucks, L.I., B.E.F., France. Our battalion is out of the trenches at present for a rest, but I expect we shall be going back again soon. I was in an engagement not long ago. It was hot for a bit, but the Germans found us a bit hot, too. I came out without a scratch. We have morning and evening services while we are not in the trenches; and it would be nice if we had a band to lead us. There are several bandsmen in this platoon. I only wish we had got instruments. We have a lot of rain out here, and talk about mud! It’s up to your knees in places. I expect it will be a very quiet Christmas again. I guess we shall be in the trenches then, but we must keep on smiling.”