Albert Henry Andrews

Albert Henry Andrews was one of only two children born to George and Jane Andrews. He was born in Clapham in March 1876 but his service record has his date of birth as 28th December 1875. We know from his record that he took part in his first period of naval service on 20th May 1891, on the Impregnable, when he was just 15 years old. It looks like he altered his age slightly in order to sign up, not uncommon at the time. 
By the time Albert was 5 years old his family had moved west to Gloucestershire. In the 1881 census we find them in Breadstone, near Berkeley, where the family have a beer house and George also works as a wheelwright. In 1891 they are operating The Royal Oak Inn in Cromhall, George is working as an engine driver. In 1901 they are managing a public house in Tetbury and at some point before 1911 the family moved to Buckover.  In the 1911 census Albert was living there with his cousin, Kate Ball, employed as a traction engine driver.
It was reported that Albert was serving on H.M.S. Albion in 1915. The Albion saw action in the Dardanelles Campaign, supporting the landings at Gallipoli. She remained in the Mediterranean until 1916, and then returned to Britain for service as a guard ship for the remainder of the war.
Albert took up his post as Petty Officer 2nd Class on the Laurentic in November 1916, after 25 years of naval service. His body was never recovered.

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