Albert Shurvinton as a sapper in the Royal Engineers, 1890s.
Albert was born in 1873, raised in Leamington and trained as a blacksmith, which was presumably why he joined the Royal Engineers. Married Martha Rogers at Eydon in 1897 by which time he was back blacksmithing. He was still on the Reserve List, however and so was called when the Boer War broke out. He left for South Africa in October 1899 when his youngest son was only 2 months old. (KL105) Albert was killed on May 19th, 1900, near Ladysmith. At which point his two sons were sent to stay with their grandparents, Thomas & Fanny Rogers of Eydon, whilst Martha re-trained as a Midwife. This photo may have been taken during his first spell in the Army.
Photographer unknown professional
Image lent by Mr John Shurvington.
Connected photos KL105, KL107, KL108