Private Albert Allen Crompton - 11th Notts and Derbys

Private Crompton was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. He was invalided out of the army and was awarded a Silver War Badge on 27th March 1917.

He survived the war and died in November 1955.

He is buried in the  General Cemetery. His headstone has fallen has fallen face down and the Friends are hoping to have it restored.

From the Gainsborough News 6th April 1917.


Private A. CROMPTON, Notts and Derby.

On Tuesday Lieut.-Col. Phelps presented  the Military Medal to Private A. Crompton, of the 11th Notts and Derbys. Prior to the enlistment Private Crompton was a labourer at the Gainsborough Britannia Works. As the  result of wounds he is unable to work, as he has no use in one arm and  very little in the other.

The presentation took place from the steps of  the Town Hall, at noon, in the presence of a large crowd. Among those  present were members of the Magistracy, the Urban and Rural Councils, and other public bodies, also detachments of the Flying Corps and  National Defence Corps, under the command of Lieut. Roberts.

 Mr. W. Whitton, J.P., chairman of the Council in introducing  Lieut.-Col. Phelps, said they had again met to do honour to one of  Gainsborough’s brave lads. It was only a short time ago that he had the  privilege of presiding at the presentation of the D.C.M. to the widow  and little son of Private F. Thompson of the 1st Cheshire Regiment, and  now they were honouring in their midst a hero belonging to an equally  famous Battalion. Col. Phelps had come down specially to present the  Military Medal and he was sure they would all agree that Private  Crompton was deserving of that great honour.

He had lost two brothers in the present war and had another serving, so his family, like many  another in Gainsborough, had done nobly. Over 3,000 lads had enlisted  from the town, many of whom they would never see again, but he trusted  the time was not far distant when they would welcome home those who had  gone forth to do their duty in their country’s cause. (Applause).

 Lieut.-Col. Phelps, who was warmly received, said he had been deputed  to visit the town for the purpose of presenting the medal to Pte.  Crompton. He had bestowed several similar honours in various places  recently, but he was particularly pleased to give such an honour to a  man who had earned it whilst serving with the Notts and Derbys, a  Regiment with which he was intimately acquainted.

It was interesting at  the present time to recall that the Notts and Derbys were on board the ‘Birkenhead’ and their bravery long years ago had now been called to  mind by the equally brave conduct of the Middlesex Regiment on board the ‘Tyndarous. Private Crompton had earned the medal by sheer merit, not in one conspicuously gallant deed, but by a series of brave actions in  keeping open the lines of communication and bombing.

Anyone who had been in action at the front knew how essentially important the duty of  keeping open lines of communication was, and he need scarcely tell them  how hazardous were the risks incurred by members of bombing parties;  they were known out there as the ‘Suicide Club’. He congratulated Pte. Crompton on earning this well merited honour and had the greatest  possible pleasure in bestowing it upon him. Col. Phelps pinned the medal on Private Crompton’s breast amidst cheers.

 After Private Crompton had suitably returned thanks, Lieut. Roberts  (Royal Defence Corps.) said as an old soldier and as representing a  Corps of old soldiers, and also on behalf of that distinguished Corps - the Royal Flying Corps he heartily congratulated Pte. Crompton for so well meriting this distinguished honour. They were pleased to know  that the Army of today was worthy of all the best traditions of the  British Army for years past.

 Major Marshall proposed a vote of thanks to Lieut. Phelps for coming  down to present the medal. He was glad to think than another  Gainsborough lad had received such an honour. They must all be prepared  to welcome their gallant fellow-townsmen back in the days to come and do all they could to help those who had suffered so terribly during the  present war. He knew Private Crompton’s family well and they were good  fellows. He had one in his old Battalion, 5th Lincolns, so he spoke from personal knowledge. On behalf of the townspeople and those present he  thanked Lieut.-Col. Phelps for his attendance that day.

 The proceedings closed with the singing of the National Anthem.

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