World War I
Albert George Bannister

Albert George Bannister is remembered in St Giles Churchyard on what appears to be a family headstone. Albert was Australian by nationality and was a private in the 19th Battalion Australian Infantry, AIF. He was killed 7th April 1918, in action on the Somme.
Villers-Bretonneux became famous in 1918, when the German advance on Amiens ended in the capture of the village by their tanks and infantry on 23 April. On the following day, the 4th and 5th Australian Divisions, with units of the 8th and 18th Divisions, recaptured the whole of the village and on 8 August 1918, the 2nd and 5th Australian Divisions advanced from its eastern outskirts in the Battle of Amiens.
The VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL is the Australian national memorial erected to commemorate all Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during the First World War, to their dead, and especially to those of the dead whose graves are not known. The 10,700 Australian servicemen actually named on the memorial died in the battlefields of the Somme, Arras, the German advance of 1918 and the Advance to Victory. The memorial was unveiled by King George VI in July 1938.
Albert was the son of Richard and Emma Bannister and had been born in Brentwood..
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