Lt Albert Edward Winn MC

Memorial on FindAGrave. Bert joined the Royal Field Artillery on his 14th birthday (1908) at Templemore, County Tipperary, Ireland and was posted to No. 2 Depot. The next year he was posted to 132 Battery as a trumpeter, the same battery as his father was in. At the outbreak of the First World War, he was posted to the Ammunition Column of the 39th Brigade. During 1915, he progressed through bombardier and corporal to sergeant in November. In May 1917 he was made up to 2nd Lieutenant (26th Brigade). He won the Military Cross in September 1918 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst in charge of a trench mortar battery, extinguishing burning charges in a gunpit demolished by the enemy and carrying a wounded man to safety. When the war ended, he was promoted to full lieutenant. He retired to the Officer Reserve in November 1919 and married Lilian Todd in Sheffield. Their registry office wedding was followed by a church wedding in 1921. Between the Wars Albert worked as chief salesman for Heinz Foods in west London. At the outbreak of the Second World War he was posted to the School of Anti-Aircraft Defence and then went to France in January 1940 as Assistant Provost-Marshal in Cherbourg. He became Captain in the Reserve in April and was in the last contingent to be evacuated from Cherbourg in June 1940. Back in England he was posted to various military prisons (Aldershot, Coatdyke, Carrickfergus and Stakehill) as assistant commandant before returning to the Royal Artillery Depot at Woolwich in March 1942. At the end of 1943, Albert (with daughter Audrey) accepted from King George VI a posthumous DFM on behalf of his son Bertie. After the War, Albert became an honorary major in the Territorial Army. In 1948, his daughter Audrey married a doctor who later accepted a posting in Canada. At the grand old age of 88, Albert and his wife emigrated to Canada in 1972 so they could live near their daughter and son-in-law.

1894 May 15 Born Westmeath. RIC Register gives him as R.C.


1908 May 15 Enlisted in RFA at Templemore

1911 census In the army at Hampshire with 132 Battery RFA. He is a 16 year old Trumperer

1914 Aug 16 Landed in France . Therefore a pre-war regular

1917 May 11. Date of commission to 2nd Lt. As Albert Winn

1918 Sep 16 MC Gazetted.

1918 Nov 11. Promoted Lt (as A Winn MC)

1919 Nov 23. Retires with a gratuity as Lt

1919 Oct/Dec Married Lilian Todd in Sheffield

1920 Oct 13. Joined ADRIC with service no 722. Posted to G Coy

1920 Nov 25. Promoted Section Leader

1920 Dec 1 to Dec 14 on Leave

1921 May 5 to 20 May on Leave

1921 Jul 2. Posted to R Coy and promoted Platoon Commander. He may have been doing the job since 30 Apr when Wigan became PRI

1921 Jul 29 to 11 Aug on Leave

1921 Oct 1 to 14 Oct on Leave

1922 Jan 16. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1932 Aug 22. Trouble with the wife

1945 Jun 5. . ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY. Lt. (War Subs.Capt) A.E.WINN,. M.C. (60863), having attained the age limit of liability to recall, ceases to belong to the Res. of Offrs and is granted the hon. rank of Maj.

1981 Mar 3. Died in Oakville Halton Regional Municipality Ontario, Canada

Name: Albert Edward Winn
Birth Date: 15 May 1894
Birth Place: Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
Death Date: 3 Mar 1981
Death Place: Oakville, Halton Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Cemetery: Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Oakville, Halton Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada