Was one of three brothers who died in World War One, the other two were Private 64705 William Haskayne of the 16th battalion Lancashire Fusiliers and Private 47289 Charles William Haskayne of the 1st battalion Kings (Liverpool) Regiment.
A fourth brother Francis was invalided out of the forces after suffering a wound which necessitated his leg being amputated. Albert was aged 26 years when he was killed on 19th August 1916, during the battle of the Somme during one of the most vicious engagements of the war, the attempt to take a position known as High Wood (Bois des Fourceaux) Sergeant Haskayne had previously been mentioned in dispatches.A letter covering an item which appeared in the Ormskirk Advertiser states “
To the Editor of the Ormskirk Advertiser;
Sir-I think that the enclosed letter which is an honour for St Georges Maghull is deserving a place in your newspaper. I shall be glad if you will insert it in this weeks issue.
Will you kindly return the letter?
Yours sincerely ,
My Dear Mrs Haskayne- I am writing to offer my congratulations on the splendid work done by your son Corporal Haskayne.
He has been awarded a card by the General Commanding the Division “ For gallant and meritorious “ which practically means he is Mentioned in Dispatches. And he has earned it well. He was in charge of a body of men working by day in the communication trenches during the last heavy fighting and it was by his hard work that the trench which was constantly shelled was kept in sufficient repair to be of valuable use. He is the first in the battalion to win distinction and we in the company are very proud of him….I am yours sincerely,
Captain Commanding “C” Company.
In the Liverpool Echo on 25th August 1916 a notification appeared stating that Albert had been killed stated that he had enlisted aged 17 years. Albert was one of 11 children born to Mary and Charles Haskayne and they lived at Brewery Lane Cottages Melling. His name is honoured in St Thomas’s church Melling.