Pyper, Albert Ernest (No. S/14922)

Pyper, Albert Ernest


No. S/14922, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

Died of disease on Friday 16 February 1917 (aged 33)


St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France (Grave O. V. M. 2)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Brother of Private Archibald Porter Pyper (No. 17074)


Albert Ernest Pyper was born on 5 October 1883 in High Street, Holywood and he was a son of John and Dorothy (sometimes Dorothea) Pyper (nee Johnston) who were married in 1868 in St Andrew’s, Scotland.  Dorothy Johnston was born in Edinburgh.

The Pyper family lived for at least ten years in High Street, Holywood (1876 to 1886) and they also lived at five other addresses in Belfast: 19 Vicinage Park; 1 Crumlin Terrace; Knock Road; 55 Victoria Street and 238 Newtownards Road.

John Pyper was a watchmaker and jeweller and he and Dorothy had at least twelve children including:

Thomas Johnston (born 21 August 1872 at 19 Vicinage Park, Belfast)

Catherine Mary (born 21 March 1876 in High Street, Holywood)

William Robert (born 28 June 1878 in High Street, Holywood)

Charles Edward (born 15 September 1880 in High Street, Holywood)

Frederick James (born 15 September 1880 in High Street, Holywood)

Albert Ernest (born 5 October 1883 in High Street, Holywood)

Archibald Porter (born 11 January 1886 in High Street, Holywood)

Dorothy (born 15 January 1891 at 1 Crumlin Terrace, Belfast)

The children’s uncle, William Johnston, who worked as a photographer, lived with the Pyper family.  Albert Pyper was the second of the two brothers to die on active service during the Great War.  His father, John, died on 7 January 1927 (aged 83).

Albert Ernest Pyper enlisted in Paddington, London and he served with the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.

Private Albert Edward Pyper (No. S/14922) was 33 when he died of dysentery on 16 February 1917 and he was buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.  His next-of-kin was Mrs Ivy Pyper (nee Crafter) of 24 Braid Crescent, Edinburgh and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:





Albert Ernest Pyper and Ivy Crafter were married in 1914 in Morningside, Edinburgh.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour it is recorded that Private Albert Ernest Pyper was the husband of ‘Ivy Crafter Turner or Pyper of 24 Braid Crescent, Edinburgh’.

Private Albert Ernest Pyper (No. S/14922) is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 539).