Gort's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.

Albert Henry Gort: 6th November

Gort's membership form
Gort’s membership form

Graduate 1908.

Apprenticed to the Locomotive Dept, Metropolitan Railway.

Second Lieutenant, Royal Defence Corps, Territorial Force, 15/04/17. Temporary Lieutenant whilst Commandant Prisoner of War Camp, 09/01/18.

Probate document states, died Eastern Command Hospital, Cambridge.

1919 Obituary 

Lieut. ALBERT HENRY GORT, Northamptonshire Regiment, was born at Felixstowe on 30th January 1890.

He was educated at the Ipswich Middle School and at the Regent Street Polytechnic, London.

His apprenticeship was served at the Metropolitan Railway Works, Neasden, where he passed through the various departments and the drawing office.

Owing to the illness of his father, he returned to Felixstowe to take charge of their coach building and transport works, and in September 1914, he joined the Suffolk Yeomanry, going to the Dardanelles as a machine gunner.

Having being invalided home, he was given a Commission in the Northamptonshire Regiment, and placed on anti-aircraft service at Sheerness, after which he was sent to various stations to learn the working of prisoners-of-war camps.

He was then appointed to the Eastern Command, and fitted up camps at Saffron Walden, Stanstead, Standon, and Bishop’s Stortford, of which he was appointed Camp Commandant.

His death took place at Cambridge, from pneumonia, following influenza, on 5th November 1918, in his twenty-ninth year.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1908.

Institution First World War Honour Roll

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2 thoughts on “ON THIS DAY

  1. Strictly speaking he was invalided ‘in action’ but subsequently ‘died in service’ from influenza+pneumonia. It’s all the more tragic that, like many of his kinsmen, he had struggled through all the bullets and shells only to fall victim at the end to the Spanish Flu Pandemic – no less a hero for that!

    1. Yes, many argue that the Flu was attributable to WWI. Either way, a horrid tragedy upon tragedy. The obituaries appear as written at the time – our honour roll certainly counts his death as due to WWI.

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