TODAY marks 100 years since the first Burton soldier died in action fighting in the First World War.
Trooper Albert Farmer, No. 3514, of the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queens Bays), was just 23 when he gave his life to the conflict, in a battle which would become one of the most famous fought during the Great War.
The trooper was born in William Street, Burton, in 1890.
He was one of 11 children born to Thomas and Mary Farmer.
On September 1, the 2nd Dragoons and another battery were camped at the small village of Nery, with the aim of screening another corps as they retreated from German troops.
They were hidden, or so they thought. Yet as the night which had halted their work lifted, it rapidly became clear that was not the case.
Almost before they could act, a German cavalry brigade had opened murderous fire on the troops. Many of the 2nd Dragoons were wounded and killed – including Trooper Farmer.
His body, along with the wounded, was taken to the neighbouring village of Baron on the banks of the Oise River, where he is buried.