Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Albert George SAGGERS

Private S/11267

D Supply Co. Royal Army Service Corps

Formerly Bedfordshire Regiment

Killed in Action 14th May 1921 aged 20

Born in 1900, in Stanstead Abbotts and in 1901 he was living with his parents, William and Lizzie, in Marsh Lane, along with sisters Daisy Lydia and Florence plus brothers William and Robert.  In 1911 they were living in Roydon Road.His father is shown on the census as a malt roaster presumably in Stanstead Abbott’s malting’s.

Albert joined the army in 1918 and was posted to the Bedfordshire Regiment then transferred to D Supply Company, Army Service Corps.  Although not a front line regiment the Service Corps performed duties that kept the Army running, delivering supplies and ammunition, driving supply wagons, lorries and ambulances.  Albert’s unit would have been in action until the armistice in November 1918, and then Albert either stayed in the army or left and then re-joined, for he next appears still in uniform in 1921 in Ireland.  Still serving with “D” Supply Company, Royal Army Service Corps.

At about 9.00 am on 14thMay 1921, in Dublin, a party of soldiers arrived in lorries with an armoured car escort at an abattoir to collect meat for the troops at Marlborough Barracks.  They went inside and left the armoured car in the street, a group of armed men then approached it and told the soldier guarding it to raise his hands, he refused and the raiders fired at him and he fell wounded.  Meanwhile the soldiers inside the abattoir had in turn been held up by another group of armed men, and one of them again was shot and mortally wounded.  The soldiers were relieved of their weapons, and held until the armoured car had been driven away; it was later used in an attempt to release IRA prisoners from Mountjoy Prison.

The inquest into the deaths of the two soldiers shows that one of them was Albert Saggers.  A court of enquiry resulted in a verdict of murder, but nobody was charged.  It is believed that the attack was carried out by members of 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade of the IRA led by Vinnie Byrne, one of the members of Michael Collins’ Squad or the “12 Apostles” as they were known.

Albert’s body was returned home and he is buried in St James’ churchyard.

Medals Awarded: As he never served abroad he has none.