Bertie was born in Harston on 26 April 1897 and baptised here. He was the second son of Thomas.& Emily Louise, living on High Street in 1901. His mother died and was buried in Harston on 7 July 1901, aged 28. By 1911 his father had remarried & the family were living in Cambridge where Bertie was a draper’s van boy.
He joined the 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, and was killed on 22 May 1916, the first of three Harston men in this battalion to die.
He is buried at the Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, grave I M 2. His father requested that his headstone be inscribed ‘Rest in peace O son of mine yet we miss you still.’
He is commemorated on the memorial in the Cambridge Guildhall.