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Private Albert Ernest Jacobs

4 October 1916
Pte Albert Ernest Jacobs  s/no 16684  age 24
buried Struma Military Cemetery  plot II G 10

I know Albert was born in Easton in the summer of 1891.  But, apart from that, he remains a bit of a mystery to me.  The Soldiers’ Effects register shows anything due to him would go to his mother, Eliza Stockwell.  The census returns show him at age 9 and 19 living with Charles and Maria Capon, in Easton, and described as ‘nephew’ or ‘relative’.  There have been many Capons living in Easton over the years. In 1881 Charles’ brother Frederick has living with him his sister Mary Ann Jacobs and her two daughters Josephena and Eliza, born 1873 and 1875 in San Francisco.  I suspect this Eliza is Albert’s mother – who later married a Mr Stockwell – but I can’t be sure.

Entry from the Register of Soldiers’ Effects

Entry from the Register of Soldiers’ Effects

The main action was on 3rd October and, according to the war diary, late in the day.  This may explain why most of the deaths are reported as ‘kia’ on 4th October and Jacobs died of ‘wounds received’, perhaps under medical attention.

Albert Jacobs' headstone

Albert Jacobs’ headstone