ALBERT MITCHELL

Private, 43199, 1st Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment
Killed in Action at Méteren, France, 19 April 1918, aged 33
Buried in Méteren Military Cemetery, France
Grave Reference: 1 E 141
 

Albert Mitchell

Albert was born in 1885 in Forest Row, East Sussex, the son of Arthur and Susan Mitchell.

In the 1891 census Albert was recorded as living at The Forest, in 1901 he was living at Forest View, near Broadstone, and in 1911 he appeared in the census as being at St. Leonards. In 1901 Albert was recorded as being a golf caddie at Royal Ashdown Golf Club and by 1911 he had progressed to being a golf assistant at St. Leonards' Golf Club, where his brother Arthur was the professional.

The extended Mitchell family, who had a long-standing association with Ashdown Forest as foresters, labourers and farmers, were an important local golfing family closely connected to the development of courses on the forest at the end of the 19th century. The Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club was formed around 1889 and the adjoining Cantelupe Golf Club for artisan golfers in 1894. There was a friendly rivalry between the two clubs on neighbouring courses. In the first Cantelupe Handicap Tournament that was won by Alfred Padgham, eight of the first nine places were members of local Mitchell families. One of them, Abe Mitchell, was to become a very famous golf professional.

War Memorial of the Cantelupe Golf Club

Following the outbreak of war Albert enlisted in the West Kent Yeomanry in February 1915. In 1916 he transferred to the Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment 1st Battalion) and was posted to France. He was wounded the same year at the battle of the Somme. After a period of convalescence in England, he returned to France in 1917. Private Albert Mitchell of the 1st Battalion the Middlesex Regiment was killed in action near Méteren in France on 19 April 1918 aged 33. His grave, numbered 1E141, is in Méteren Military Cemetery in northern France.

Méteren Military Cemetery

His mother Susan signed the entry in the Book of Remembrance in Holy Trinity Church, Forest Row. At the time she was living at Forest View, Forest Row.

Kevin Tillett