Lives Lived and Lives Lost - Portsmouth and the Great War

With a fairly common name such as Rogers it can be difficult to track individual servicemen who lost their lives in the Great War. In Albert Edward's case we cannot currently get further back than 1911.
We do know from the 1911 census that Albert Edward was born in Brighton in 1882 and that he probably married Elise (known as Eliza) Crafts in 1904. The census also tells us that Albert and Eliza were living at 20 Arnaud Street, Buckland with their three children, Violet (b. 1905), Lily (b. 1907) and Albert (b. 1909). Albert's occupation was given as a Tramway Motorman.
Albert Edward enlisted in the army in July 1915 and in May the following year was drafted to the Western Front. There he was wounded in the Somme Offensive in September 1916. He was killed in action two years later.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists Private AE Rogers, (18716), 2nd/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, died on 13/09/1918. Buried in the Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery.
Albert Rogers is remembered on the City of Portsmouth Passenger Transport Department WW1 Memorial and the Cenotaph in Portsmouth. He has a listing in the 'National Roll of the Great War', Section X, p195.
Tim Backhouse
March 2014