University of Oxford
Browse
1af6276ea1c9d78befe57028246b2c24f9c7fb01.txt (0.33 kB)

55859: Albert Ville's account of his experience in the army

Download (0.33 kB)
online resource
posted on 2024-02-23, 22:48 authored by Great War Archive Project Team

1916

To be apparently able bodied and walking about in civilian clothes caused people to stare unless you were wearing a badge of some sort to show that you were on duty in some work or another for your country. Recruiting sergeants walked about and sto

My grandfather Albert Edward Ville was born in Tottenham in August 1898 and toward the end of his life when he was living in Edgware he wrote a short autobiography. This is an extract relating his experience in the army during WWI. His discharge certificate shows that he enlisted at St Paul's Churchyard on 19th July 1916 and was initially a private in the 16th Battalion of the London Regiment (Private 698199) but was later moved to the 22nd Battalion of the London Regiment. He was called up in July 1917 and sent to France in December 1917. It is likely that he was soon in the front line as we still have several field services reports (postcards) that he wrote hurriedly to his parents in Compton Terrace, Highbury dated March 1918. After being badly wounded in August 1918 near Ypres, he was returned back to the UK to recuperate in Cardiff. He was discharged from the army on 7th January 1919 as he was ˜no longer fit for war service'. Two of Albert's brothers also served in the army during WWI (William and Lester Ville) and they too survived!


Editor's Comment:
Pte. 555020 Albert Edward Ville, 16th Bn. (Queen's Westminster Rifles) London Regiment, served overseas in the 22nd Bn. (The Queen's), service no. 698199, and 11th Bn. (Finsbury Rifles), London Regiment.

History

Identifier

5915.txt| GWA_4231_Albert_Ville_s_account_of_his_experience_in_the_army.txt|

Creator

Ville, Albert Edward

Date

1916 - 1919

Date Created

01/09/1918

Temporal Coverage

31/12/1918

Source

Unknown

Medium

Text: Transcription

Type

Memoir

Contributor

Richard Marshall | Nick Ville

Rights

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

Usage metrics

    Great War Archive

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC