Albert was born in Harrington in 1887 and lived all his life in Harrington.
He married Elizabeth Linton who lived on Church Road, Harrington after meeting as pupils at school in Harrington.
They were married for 53 years (until Albert died) and had 3 children, Peggy, Harry and Bessie. Unfortunately, Peggy died aged 18 of illness, Harry died during the war, in Canada when 21.
During WW1 Albert served in the RAF in Belgium and France, rising to 2nd Lieutenant. He was shot through the shoulder by a sniper in France in 1918 and returned to a hospital in London. His enlistment papers described him as a Grocer's Assistant.
During WW2 he served as a RAF Volunteer Reserve and the current Workington ATC was formed by Royal Charter in 1941 under his command.
In his working life he owned and was very much involved in the running of Deans' shops, Quay Street (which became Bessie and family home until 1963) then on Church Road, which he bought from Irving Graham (a relative of his wife). When he retired in 1946, this shop was sold to his nephew Jack Ashcroft, so still maintaining the shop's family link.
Albert and Lizzie moved all the way to the other side of Beckstone Bridge to Moorclose Road where he died in 1968.
He and his family worshipped and engaged in the activities of Harrington Wesleyan, Harrington Primitive Methodist, Harrington Methodist, being Sunday School Superintendent and Bessie being church organist from the age of 16.
Albert was part of the committee when Harrington Model Yacht Club was established in 1926 at the Rezzer.
He was a lifelong Workington Reds season ticket holder.
Fortunately, for us all he was also very interested in photography and Harrington, taking the pictures and developing them himself from glass slides. A lot of the pictures were sold as Harrington postcards in his shops.
unknowingly created a picture history of Harrington which we can all
enjoy for many more generations.