His nephew Trevor Buckle writes “The battalion spent most of its first year training, during which time Albert was promoted to Corporal. The battalion went to France on August 25th, 1915, and travelled by train and on foot towards the Front. They underwent further training from 1st to 5th September, then marched to Hazebrouck and then to Steenberck, which is not far from Armentieres. On 9th September they marched to Sailly Bridge; on the way one soldier was wounded. The following day 10th September, the two remaining platoons marched to the trenches, but at about 7:15 in the evening they were caught by machine gun fire and five soldiers were wounded, one slightly. On 11th September Albert died of his wounds. There were no casualties reported that day, so he was shot either on the 9th or 10th September on virtually his first day at the trenches. His was a short war!”
Albert was the son of Henry & Annie Buckle of Raby Park, Staindrop. He lived with his parents, three younger brothers and their servant Isabella Hall. In 1911 Albert was working as a gamekeeper on the Raby Estate where his father was Head Gamekeeper. His older brother George had emigrated to America in about 1907. Another brother, Thomas, joined him there in 1910; he eventually joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Their brothers, Cecil and Fred also served. Thomas was the father of Kenny and Trevor.
Albert joined the 13th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in September 1914 and served in France and Flanders. Albert was killed in action on 11th September 1915 aged 27 and is buried at Merville Communal Cemetery.