Rackley, A E
ALBERT EDWARD RACKLEY
Remembered with honour New Irish Farm Cemetery: Plot VI, Row A, Grave 14.
He enlisted in Hertford, and was formerly Private 4609 Hertfordshire Regiment. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, Albert’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There are articles about Albert in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 7 April 1917 and 25 August 1917 (including a Death announcement); plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 27 July 1918 and 2 August 1919.
Son of William and Annie/Ann (nee COXHILL) RACKLEY.
His parents married 12 April 1884 at All Saints, Croxley Green, Herts. Annie died 1905 in Watford aged 45, and was buried 12 November in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford. William remarried 23 March 1912 at St Mary’s, Watford, to Mary Ann HOW. He died 1934 in Watford aged 76, and was buried 1 November, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery; May died 1936 in Watford aged 78, and was buried 19 March in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Albert was born 9 or 10 May 1898 in Watford, and baptised 3 June 1898 at St Mary’s, Watford. He attended Victoria Junior School, Watford; then Beechen Grove Board School, Watford, from 12 October 1908 to 1 March 1909.
On the 1901 Census, aged 3 he lived in Watford, with his parents and six siblings. On the 1911 Census, at school aged 13 he still lived in Watford, with his widowed father and five siblings.
Date of death31/07/1917
Age at death19
Place of death
NotesHis brother Alfred died 7 October 1917 and also features on this Roll of Honour
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)