- Surnames starting with the letter M. 

Albert (Bert) Mottershead

Rank:Lance CorporalNumber:25258
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:23rd Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Manchester Rgt
Died:22/10/1917Age:34
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:Belgium
Cemetery or Memorial:Tyne Cot Cemetery Memorial, Zonnebeke
Town Memorial:Sale
Extra Information:
Born during the December quarter 1883 in the Chorlton R.D. - ref: 8c/648,
the son of Albert & Alice Mottershead (nee Gleave).

Employed as a Salesman with Messrs. Brundrett (Florists), Withington &
Smithfield Market.   He married - Alice Eastwood during the December
quarter 1909 in the Manchester R.D. - ref: 8d/313.

1891 Census Return - 35 Wellington Street, Upton-cum-Chalvey, Slough,
Buckinghamshire.   Son - aged: 7 - born: Didsbury, Manchester.    Head of
household - Albert Mottershead - Widower - aged: 34 - Gardener Domestic
Servant - born: Didsbury, Manchester.   Plus 1 sibling and 1 cousin.

1901 Census Return - Old Hall Road, Sale.   Son - Unmarried - aged: 17 -
occ: Market Gardener - born: Didsbury, Manchester.    Head of household -
Albert Mottershead - Married - aged: 44 - Nursery Foreman - born: Didsbury,
Manchester.    Also - Lucy Mottershead - Wife - aged: 41 - born: Doncaster,
Yorkshire.   Plus 6 siblings.

1911 Census Return - 13 Thomson Grove, Chorlton on Medlock, Manchester.  
Head - Married - aged: 27 - occ: Market Salesman in Market Gardens - born:
Didsbury, Manchester.  Also - Alice Mottershead - Wife - aged: 26 - occ:
Shirtmakers Machinist - born: Manchester.
Lewis Gunner with the Manchester Rgt.   Killed during the Anglo-French
advance astride the Ypres to Staden Railway on a 2½ mile front.    200
German POWs were captured from the south end of Houlthulst Forest.

His half brother - Stanley Saul Motttershead also died on active service.  
Another half brother - Charles Saul Mottershead was serving with the School
of Technical Training Royal Flying Corps.

The RoH in the 16/11/1917 edition of the local newspaper reports that he
lived at  13 James St, Sale Moor and that he was 29 years of age.      The
report of his death in the same edition states that he was 34 years of age
and that his father was employed as a Gardener.

His eldest half brother - George Saul Mottershead married Elizabeth
Atkinson, a girl from Westmoreland.  George was well known physical culture
teacher, served in France with the South Lancashire Rgt.  He was badly
wounded on 15/10/1916 during the Battle of the Somme and spent some
considerable time in the Highfield Military Hospital, Knotty Ash.   He was
told by doctors that he would be paralised for life, but to the
astonishment of the doctors, he managed to walk again within three years.  
He was eventually released from military service as being unfit for duty.  
George went on to found the Chester Zoo which opened its doors on the 10th
June 1931.
Memorials found on:
St. Anne's (Sale Moor)
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