Albert Pickup


Private, No 201976 1/4th East Lancashire Regiment.
Lived at 1063 Burnley Road Loveclough.
Killed in Action, 25th April 1917.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Albert lived at the above address with his parents Alfred and Sarah Ann, his two brothers and four sisters. His father and  his older brother Fred worked at the Loveclough  Calico Printworks at the bottom of Commercial street,  his four sisters  Annie, Ethel, Lily, Sarah Alice, and younger brother Thomas Henry worked  in the Cotton Industry as winders weavers etc. Thomas Henry being a cut looker in a cotton mill.

Pickup Family Grave

Picture  of the Family Grave in Providence Chapel Graveyard, which also commemorates Albert as having been killed in action in the Great War aged 31 years.


On the night ofApril 24th/25th  an attack was made by the 1/4th East lancashires and the 1/9th Manchester on an enemy position north of Tombies Farm and east of Quarry Vendhuille and Little Priel Farm.   This section which comprised of a knoll and quarry, was occupied by about 250 Germans and the attack was immediatley succesful, the enemy being driven out and chased to the bank of the Canal by “D” Company of the 1/4th East Lancashire,who captured a machine gun, although no prisoners were taken.  Between 24th/ and 26th April 1917 1/4th casualties were 10, including Albert Pickup. (source Soldiers Died in the Great War).

Albert Pickup is also commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Opened on 31 July 1932 by the Prince of Wales the Thiepval memorial was and remains the largest British war memorial in the world.  The memorial contains the names of 73,357 British and South African men who have no known grave and who fell on the Somme between July 1916 and 20 March 1918.

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