Albert Victor Paul was born in 1887 and grew up in Romford and Ilford under the care of his father, Alfred. Albert’s mother, Kate, died sometime after the birth of Albert’s younger sister, Rose, in 1889.
Albert had four older brothers and two sisters. His father worked in the Metropolitan Police. By 1911, Albert had joined the army as a Private in the 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Hussars. At the time of the 1911 census, Albert was on leave from the army and was visiting his family at 127 Chester Road, Ilford.
Albert was sent to France when war broke out. He was reported missing in action on 30th October 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres while serving with the 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. Albert has no known grave but is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
Research by Redbridge Museum with thanks to Patrick O’Mara
Commonwealth War Graves Commission