(Ulysse) Albert Bert Hannard
L/16091, Private, 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
early 1896, St Pancras – 20th September 1914, died of wounds, Vailly, Western Front
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial
Lives of the First World War entry
His parents were Ulysse Hannard (1871, France) and Kate Constance Koettlitz or Koettlitz-Batho (1873, Islington), who had married in 1896. Kate was the daughter of two Germans, James (1829) and Kate Thorode (1849 or 1852 – 1907, St Pancras) – James was working as a machine maker in the 1891 census and Kate junior was then living with her parents at 37 Euston Street, St Pancras. Ulysse cannot be found in the 1891 census and may have arrived in Britain between 1891 and 1896. They had had 7 children born alive by 1911, of whom only 1 had died.
His birth was registered as Ulysse Albert Hannard, though all other records show him going by the name Albert or Albert Bert. In 1901 he was living at 31 Euston Square, St Pancras, with his parents and three sisters – his father was working as a brass musical instrument maker. Albert was working as an ironmonger’s errand boy and living with his mother (now working in service on “General Housework”) and four siblings at 27 Oval Road, St Pancras at the time of the 1911 census. His mother’s marital status was initially written on the 1911 census as “separated”, but this was amended to “married”. His father cannot be found in the 1911 census – he was still a French subject in the 1901 census and may have either been visiting relations back in France or wanted to dodge registration.
He was living in Watford when he enlisted in Hounslow. In November 1914 the parish magazine carried an “RIP” for George Hannard. Albert appears on the parish magazine’s March 1915 list of those already serving, with an RIP by his name. He has an entry in the De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, which shows his father was living in Camden Town at the time of Albert’s death. Records suggest his father later died in Paris.