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He married Jessie Crump in Hereford in 1909 and was still in Captain Lloyd's employment in 1911 and living with his wife Jessie in Trefedw, Dinas. At this time his father was still an inn keeper in the Mason’s Arms, Castle Street, Hay, assisted by Albert's mother and sister, although the three later ran a butcher’s shop in the same street.

Albert was known all over Brecon having driven his employer to countless political and other public gatherings.  He had joined the Motor G Transport section only three weeks before his illness.

He enlisted in London in January 1915 as a private in the Army Service Corps, joining the Motor Transport section, and was stationed at the Grove Park Barracks, S.E. London.  He contracted a chill and found himself compelled to enter the Royal Herbert Hospital in Woolwich on a Friday, but by the Saturday his condition became critical and his wife and relatives were sent for. He passed away the following Monday morning.

The funeral took place with full military honours at Greenwich Cemetery the following Thursday. The coffin was conveyed on a gun carriage draped with the Union Jack and was preceded by one of the companies of the corps, but not the one to which he had belonged to, they having been sent to the front subsequent to his illness. The whole of the burial service was held at the graveside, which was in a plot of ground specially reserved for soldiers and to be known as

Private Albert Robert Holbrow

Army Service Corps, service no. M2/045707

Died on February 8th, 1915 at the Royal Herbert Hospital,

Woolwich, aged 35

Buried at Greenwich Cemetery

where James was now an inn keeper.

Albert later followed in his father's footsteps and in 1901, as a 21 year old was third coachman to George Charles, Earl of Powys. He was living at Walcot Stables attached to Walcot Hall in Lydbury North, Shropshire. He moved on and in about 1903 he became chauffeur to Captain J H Conway Lloyd of Dinas House Brecon.

Albert was born in Llanigon in 1879, a son to James and his wife Emma, nee Watkins. He was

baptised later that year. The family were living at Nant y Scallon, Llanigon and father James was employed as a coachman. By 1881 the family were living at Tregoyd Mansion, with James now a coachman to Viscount Hereford and Emma a servant.  He had one sister, Lilian Grace, who was born in 1884. By 1891 the family had moved to 26, Castle Street in Hay