This is the grave of Albert (Bert) Corporal 9183 of the 2nd Buffs (East Kents). He married Gladys Faircloth in December 1917 in Canterbury, Kent, England. Probably they married in the same church, St Dunstan, where his grave is. It is a pretty little church, better known as the final resting place of St Thomas More’s head than it is for First World War Graves. Of which Albert’s grave is the only one. It is though, an interesting grave and makes an interesting read.
“In Loving Memory of Albert (Bert) Goldsack. Late Cp. of 2nd Buff
Late Cp. of 2nd Buffs
The Dearly Loved Husband of Gladys Goldsack
Who died at Lenham Novr 28th 1918.
Com Sgt H L Faircloth
7th Sussex Battn
First Husband of The Above
Killed In Action Dec 28th 1915
Erected by their sorrowing wife
After their country called them.”
Lenham, where Bert died, was a War Hospital near Ashford. Bert was a wounded soldier being treated there. He had served in France and been given a Silver War Badge.
H. L. (Henry Latham) Faircloth, a Company Quartermaster Sarjeant in the 7th Royal Sussex enlisted in 1908. Henry married Gladys on the 6th March 1915. He crossed from Folkestone with the Battalion at the end of May 1915. The CWGC lists his date of death as the 22nd December 1915. The War Diary indicates he was killed on the 28th and his Medal Card records him as being KinA on the 28th. He is buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy.
Not known if Gladys married again.