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daltonAlbert Dalton was born in Preston in 1896; he was the son of John and Jane Dalton (nee Shaw).

By the time of the 1911 census he was living with his widowed mother and his sister, May, at 24 Higford Street, Preston; his occupation was a cotton weaver.

Albert enlisted on 6 October 1914 into the Loyal North Lancs Regiment in Preston; he gave his occupation as motor driver. His papers say he was 5’ 6” tall, weighed 120lbs and had a 35½” chest; he had a fresh complexion with blue eyes and brown hair.

He was posted into the 11th (Service) Battalion on 21 October 1914. He was appointed paid Lance Corporal on 3 November 1914 and was promoted to Corporal on 8 January 1915.


1st Platoon of 11th Battalion, L.N.L at Brighton on 3rd March 1915

He was posted to the 6th Battalion on 15 October 1915 and joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Gallipoli. On 7th January 1916 the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser printed his name as having been wounded in action, and was  evacuated to Egypt with the rest of the Battalion later that month. On 13 February 1916 the Battalion began service in Mesopotamia.

Albert Dalton was awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 18 October 1917.


On 12 January 1919 he boarded ship at Basra en route for Vladivostok. On 19 March 1919 he disembarked in Vladivostok and joined the British Military Mission in Siberia. He returned to the UK on 19 July 1919 and was finally discharged on 10 December 1919.

We would like to thank Paul Dickens for sharing this research.

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