Albert Pedley was born in Hurdsfield on 10 November 1887 and baptised at St Michael's Church, Macclesfield on 26 April 1888, the son of Mary and Frederick James Pedley, a silk weaver of Macclesfield.
In 1891 three-year-old Albert was living at 38 Brunswick Hill, Macclesfield with his parents and siblings Alice (7) and George (7 months). By 1898 the family had moved to 59 Pitt St, Macclesfield, and had moved again, to 14 Duke St, by 1901. In 1911, Albert was employed as a bottler and was living at 5 Fountain Street East, Macclesfield with his widowed aunt, Alice Ann Bowyer, and her eight children, while Albert's widowed father and family were living at 40 Charlotte Street, Macclesfield.
Albert was educated at Lord Street School and Sutton St George Branch (London Road) School.
Before the war, Albert had served with the local militia (4th Cheshire Regiment), and on 2 September 1914 he enlisted at Macclesfield to serve for three years with the Cheshire Regiment. Private Pedley was appointed Lance Corporal on 3 September 1915, just before being drafted to France on 6 September 1915. His unit crossed France and departed from Marseilles on 28 October 1915, bound for Salonika.
Albert was promoted to Corporal on 26 June 1916. He was admitted to hospital on 8 September 1916 and two days later was transferred to the 42nd General Hospital in Salonika, where he died of dysentery on 26 September 1916.
The death of Corporal Pedley was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 20 October 1916:
DIED IN SALONICA - Official news has come to hand that Corporal Albert Pedley, of the Cheshire Regt, son of Mr Fredk. James Pedley, Charlotte Street, Macclesfield, died of dysentery on September 26th, in the General Hospital, Salonica.
The late Corporal Pedley was born in Macclesfield 26 years ago, and was educated at Lord Street Day School... He enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war, being at the time employed at Messrs Lonsdale and Adshead's Brewery. He was first drafted out to France, where he remained four months, and then was sent to Salonika. His brother, F J Pedley, completed twelve years' service with the colours last March, having been out to France. A brother-in-law, Private Samuel Batty, is in training with the Cheshires.
Corporal Albert Pedley is buried in Grave Ref. 476. in the Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece (formerly known as the French and English Cemetery). The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Corporal Albert Pedley.
In Macclesfield, Corporal Albert Pedley is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael's Church, and St George's Church war memorials, and the Ancient Order of Foresters roll of honour.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (Find My Past)
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
National School Admission Registers and Log-books (FindMyPast)
WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920 (FindMyPast)
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 20 October 1916
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.