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28 Jan 1916
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Albert Giddins was 1 of 8 children born to Charles & Maria. He was born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire in 1878.
At the age of 18 he joined the Bedfordshire Regiment on 17th September 1895, his trade at the time was a fitter. He is described on his pension record as 5ft 4 inches tall with a sallow complexion, brown eyes & dark brown hair. He has a tattoo of crossed flags on his right forearm, scars on his left wrist, left middle finger, over his right eye & the front of his left knee.
During his 12 years in the regiment he served from 18th December 1899 to 26th September 1902 in South Africa fighting in the Boer War earning himself the Queens South Africa Medal with clasp Cape Colony & The Kings South Africa Medal with clasp South Africa 1901.
On 29th October 1902 Albert married Gertrude Emily Johnson at the register office in Luton.
In 1911 Albert & Gertrude are living at 50 Langley Street Luton, He is 33 years old & working as a straw hat blocker, whilst Gertrude, 29 is at home working as a straw hat finisher.
When war broke out Albert rejoined the Bedfordshire Regiment & served on the home front. On 19th November 1915 he was discharged as no longer fit for war service due to valvular disease of the heart, that had been a problem since his stroke in 1910.
Albert died on 29th January 1916. He is buried in the cemetery on Crawley Green Road.