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  Albert Sellings 

Private 92260

Royal Engineers
Died of Illness in Ewhurst,  30/05/1917, aged 18


Remembered on :
Ewhurst War Memorial,  Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance




ALBERT SELLINGS, the third child of Benjamin and Barbara Sellings, was born in Cranleigh in 1899 and his birth was registered under the area of 'Hambledon' in June of that year. In 1901, aged 1, he lived at Uttworth Farm, Alfold Lane, in Cranleigh, where his father was the farm bailiff. His siblings brothers Frank (b abt 1894) Harold (b1904) and Walter Edwin (b 1907), and sisters Alice (b abt 1896) and Dora May (b1904).

The 1914 Electoral Roll for Ewhurst notes that Albert's father, Benjamin, was a registered voter living at Mascalls, which confirms the Sellings family's tie with the parish of Ewhurst.

Albert enlisted in the army in Guildford on 27/09/1915 when he stated that his age was 19 years. He gave his occupation as Temporary Postman, and his address as The Bungalow, Ewhurst, Surrey, where he lived with his parents. On enlistment Albert was noted to be 5ft 8 in tall, with a fresh complexion, hazel eyes and black hair. Through 1915 and 1916 Albert served as a Driver in the Royal Engineers, and was based in Aldershot. On 4/02/1916 Albert was discharged from service, the reason being that he "made a mis statement as to age on enlistment".

Albert's elder brother, Frank Sellings, was a Regular soldier serving with 1st Bn The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment at the start of the First World War. He was one of the very first men from Ewhurst to arrive in France in August 1914. He survived the decimation of the battalion through 1914, being one of less than 10% of its original compliment to remain with the battalion in France at the end of the year. Frank was seriously wounded at the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915, and was subsequently discharged from the Army.

The Ewhurst Book of Remembrance reports that Albert "died of illness in Ewhurst on thirtieth of May 1917".

As such, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission hold no record of Albert's death in their register, and similarly there is no record of a medal index card for Albert in the Public Records Office.

Albert's elder brother, Frank, succumbed to his wounds in Ewhurst on 4th October 1919, aged 25.






Other sources:

  • Book of Remembrance

  • Soldiers Died in the Great War

  • 1901 Census

  • Soldier's Pension Record (online)


AEB 9/09/2005


Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey