Albert Sidney Kohler
He was born in 1905. He won a scholarship to Swansea Grammar School. After school he worked as a draughtsman while going to night school and taking London University external exams.
At about the age of 20 he moved to London, living in lodgings in Wembley for 5 years. He was engaged to Joan Davies during that period. This is a photo of him in 1932. He married Joan in 1933. Here is a photo of the wedding party. After their marriage, they lived in "Bryn Siriol", Cot Hill, Llanwern, Monmouthshire, Wales where David was born. Albert worked at the local steelworks as a draughtsman.
In 1937 (approx.) the company moved him to Birmingham (1 Wilson Road, Warley) which Joan hated. Then he got a job with Stanton, an iron & steel works in Ilkeston, Notts (now called Stanton and Staveley). Initially hired as a clerk, he rose to become the manager of the concrete lamp column department there. This is a photo of Albert and Joan at a Stanton Christmas party. They rented a house at 4 Valmont Road, Bramcote, Notts from 9 May 1938 and paid a little more than one pound/week. He was a Freemason during this period.
In July 1950 the family moved from Valmont Rd (this is Valmont Rd about 1950) to 2 Hillside Crescent, Stanstead Abbotts, Herts where he worked for Concrete Utilities Ltd., Lower Road, St. Margarets. There he was the manager of a subsidiary company Erecon that erected concrete lamp columns. In early 1952 he left Erecon and formed his own business to erect concrete lamp columns, employing a small number of casual labourers to do the manual work. He had a very stressful time at both Erecon and his own company. For most of his life he suffered from stomach ulcers, especially after the move to Stanstead Abbotts.
The last year of his life was very sad. His business failed, he was quite ill and in debt. Briefly, he worked as a draughtsman (his original profession). He died in 1957 of a heart attack, aggravated by influenza.
He had a life-long passion for reading (his secret wish was to run a bookshop) and a commitment to education as a way for his children to avoid the situation he found himself in. He is buried in the churchyard at Great Amwell.