Dorman, Albert (No. 25292)

Dorman, Albert

Sapper

No. 25292, 54th Company, Royal Engineers

Died of wounds on Monday 4 October 1915 (aged 21)

Buried:

Bethune Town Cemetery, France (Grave IV. E. 84)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Dornan.

Albert Dorman was born on 27 October 1893 at 63 Woodstock Road, Belfast and he was a son of James and Teresa Dorman (nee Hart, born in Co Cork) who lived for a time in Salford, Manchester before moving to Belfast where they lived in Outram Street; in Woodstock Road; in Chadolly Street and at 17 Steen Street.

James Dorman worked as a stonecutter and he and Teresa had at least seven children:

James (born around 1882/1883 in England)

William (born around 1884/1885 in Belfast)

Elvina (born 10 August 1886 at 49 Outram Street, Belfast)

Samuel (born 9 July 1888 in Belfast)

Robert Dick (born 27 September 1891 at 57 Woodstock Road, Belfast)

Albert (born 27 October 1893 at 63 Woodstock Road, Belfast)

Ruby (born 21 June 1897 in Belfast)

Before the outbreak of the Great War Albert Dorman worked as a painter and, after his father died, his mother lived at 52 Castle Street, Bangor.  James Dorman died of pulmonary tuberculosis in the City Hospital, Belfast on 13 October 1906 (aged 53).

Under the headline Bangor Man Killed, the County Down Spectator in its 5 November 1915 edition reported the death of ‘our gallant townsman’.  Two of his brothers, James and William, were also on active service.

Sapper Albert Dorman (No. 25292) was 21 when he died of wounds on 4 October 1915 and he was buried in Bethune Town Cemetery in France.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

ASLEEP IN JESUS

Sapper Albert Dorman (No. 25292) is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 162).