Albert Victor Stonebridge

Lived at 12 Albert Road (now Causton Road).

Victor Stonebridge attended North Primary School when he was living with his family on Albert Street and Albert Road.

It appears that his full name was Albert Victor Stonebridge. He was born in Colchester in October 1897 to parents William and Catherine. In 1901 he lived with his parents and five brothers and sisters at 71 Albert Street. His father worked as a bricklayer, his oldest brother worked in a foundry and another brother worked in a fishmongers. By 1911 the family had moved to 12 Albert Road (now Causton Road) and Victor had a job.

Victor initially joined the Army Service Corps in 1916 but transferred to the Tank Corps, 5th Battalion possibly as a driver. Albert Victor was killed in action in France on 22 March 1918 during the Battle of St Quentin, part of the 1918 Battle of the Somme. Allied forces faced a 5 hour barrage on 21 March in particularly foggy conditions, that targeted artillery, machine gun positions, and communications in an attempt to weaken British positions.

Victor is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial and in Colchester on the St Peter’s Church roll of honour.