Albert Oliver came from Cradley and attended Cradley C of E School and King Edward's School, Stourbridge, from 1905 to 1909. He enlisted in the Worcesters and was sent to the 1st Battalion in France who were very active in 1915 in Artois at Neuve Chapelle and Loos. In 1916 they were part of the opening attack on the 1st July at La Boisselle for the Battle of the Somme. After their losses they moved back to Loos and occupied the maze of trenches, both British and German, facing the Hohenzollern Redoubt. There were no attacks but much trench combat with bombs and mortars, sniping and patrols. Private Albert Oliver was killed on the 5th August and is commemorated on the Loos, Cradley, Halesowen, King Edward VI College, Stourbridge, and Cradley C of E School Memorials.
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