Albert Tatton was born on 5 April and baptised on 28 May 1882 at Gawsworth Parish Church, the son of Sarah and Job Tatton, a carter of Macclesfield. In 1891, nine-year-old Albert was living at 3 Blackshaw Street, Macclesfield with his parents and siblings Mildred (11), Harold (3) and May (10 Months).
By 1901 the family had moved to 14 George Street West, Macclesfield and Albert was working as a tailor's apprentice. Ten years later in 1911 the family had moved again, to 46 Chester Road, Macclesfield, and Albert was working as a tailor.
Albert attested in Macclesfield on 10 December 1915, and was called for service the following March. After training, he was drafted overseas on 3 July 1916.
Private Tatton died of his wounds at a casualty clearing station in France. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 15 September 1916:
DIED OF WOUNDS – FORMER SECRETARY OF THE I.L.P. CLUB
Mrs Tatton, 46 Chester Rd, Macclesfield, has been officially informed that her son, Private Albert Tatton, South Lancashire Regt, died in hospital in France on September 7th from wounds received in action… The deceased was 34 years of age and was educated at the Newtown and Lord Street Day-schools. He was a tailor by trade and carried on business at his home. Private Tatton was called up in March under Lord Derby’s scheme, and after spending a brief furlough at Barnaby, was drafted out to France. The deceased was formerly secretary of the I.L.P. Club, Bridge Street.
Private Albert Tatton is buried in Grave Ref. IV. A. 8. of the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Albert Tatton.
In Macclesfield, Albert Tatton is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, and St Michael’s Church war memorials.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: Gawsworth Parish Church
WWI British Army Service Records
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
The Macclesfield Times: 15 September 1916
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.