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Swanwick Derbyshire
He was the son of Albert Naylor. They lived at 34 Bright Street Ilkeston Road Nottingham.
He was a coal miner when he enlisted.
27 Aug 1914
Royal Field Artillery
Gunner Albert Naylor enlisted on 4th August 1914 at Swanwick, he served with the 136th Battery Royal Field Artillery at Newcastle. He contracted pneumonia and died there on 27th August 1914. His body was returned to his family in Nottingham, he is not recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as a casualty of war.
On 31st August 1914 it was reported that a Nottingham family had brought their son's body back to the city to be buried. Gnr. Albert Naylor had enlisted the day war was declared, 4th August 1914, and had been posted to 136th Battery Royal Field Artillery in Newcastle. Sadly, he contracted pneumonia and died there on 27th August 1914. Article published on 31st August 1914 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “A KINDLY ACT. “RADFORD PARENTS AND THEIR SOLDIER SON. “A few days ago Mr. Naylor, a resident of Bright-street, Radford, received a telegraphic communication from Newcastle-on-Tyne, announcing the death of his son from pneumonia. The lad only enlisted in the army quite recently. “The parents made several unsuccessful attempts to get the body removed to Nottingham, and eventually the father approached Mr. C. E. M. S. Pilkington [1], of Wollaton, who promptly volunteered to help the family out of the difficulty by placing a motor car at their disposal. “In the early hours of Saturday morning [29th August 1914] Mr. Pilkington, his chauffeur, and Mr. Naylor proceeded to Newcastle, and returned to Nottingham with the body of the deceased soldier the same night. “Mr. Naylor and his family are naturally extremely grateful to Mr. Pilkington for his kindly and thoughtful help.” [1] Claude William Egerton Milburne Swinnerton Pilkington, a member of the local gentry. Above article and information are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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