Air Mechanic 2nd Class
Alfred B Sanderson


About Alfred Bertram

  • Name
    Alfred Bertram
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    19 April 1894
  • Birth town
    Altrincham, Cheshire
  • Resided town
    Altrincham, Cheshire
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Trafford, Cheshire
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Supplier of Surgical Appliances

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
    Air Mechanic 2nd Class
  • Regiment
    Royal Flying Corps


Alfred Bertram Sanderson was born on 19 April 1894, in Altrincham, Cheshire to parents Alfred William Stainton and Hannah Sanderson.  Albert’s family lived at Homeland, Navigation Road, Altrincham, Cheshire.  His father started the Altrincham Rubber Company in 1901, and as well as specialising in india rubber goods, they made camera shutters and by 1904 they employed 24 men.  Albert had five sisters, Gladys Elizabeth, Winifred, Dorothy, Edith Millicent and Mary.  The family also employed a housemaid.  In the 1911 Census, Alfred’s father was recorded as being a photographic apparatus manufacturer (employer), with Alfred assisting in the business and part-time servant.

Alfred attested on 5 December 1915, to the Army Reserve, aged 21 years.  He was mobilised on 7 February 1916, and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as Air Mechanic 2nd Class on 12 February 1916.  Alfred passed through Peterborough East Station on 31 July 1916, whilst stationed at Narborough.  He was appointed to Air Mechanic 1st Class on 1 November 1917.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France from 24 January 1917 to 28 October 1918.  He transferred to the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918.  On 17 October 1918, he received a gunshot wound to the fingers of his right hand, resulting in 30% disablement.   He was in the Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital, Perth, Scotland for 101 days.  He was discharged on 6 February 1919, as no longer fit for war service.

He married Hilda Howarth on 7 March 1922, at the Weslyan Methodist Church in Broadheath, Cheshire.  They had two daughters, Jean born in 1923 and Mary born in 1925.  In the 1939 Register, Alfred and Hilda were living in Altrincham, he was a rubber merchant and supplier of surgical appliances.  Albert died in June 1982, in the Trafford District, aged 88.

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