Albert Fenwick

Medals awarded

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal 1914-19
  • Defence Medal 1939-45
  • War Medal 1939-45

Born in Gateshead in 1898, Albert Fenwick joined the 2/2 East Riding Yeomanry in 1917 and served with them for a year before being transferred to the East Yorkshire Regiment in April 1918 as a Private.

After the war, Fenwick worked on the railways, but joined the Green Howards on 4 December 1922.

Over the next fifteen years he served in the UK, Sudan, China and India before returning to the UK in April 1937.

For the next twelve years he served at Richmond Depot, where his military conduct was described as ‘Exemplary’. His Certificate of Service described him as ‘An extremely reliable and trustworthy man. His loyalty and integrity are an outstanding example to the younger soldiers. He is hard-working, always produces excellent request and gives of his best in whatever task he is given. He possesses ample common sense, is bright, energetic and intelligent…’ He had served for 26 years and 46 days.

He was recalled in January 1949 and served throughout in the UK, before finally retiring in December 1959. ‘Sergeant Fenwick has completed 42 years in unbroken service in the army, of this, some 20 years have been spent in Catterick. In this time, he has given loyal and unstinted service to the headquarters unit in his capacity as Guard Sergeant.’

Albert Fenwick died in 1962.