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World War One

Bertram Harris

KILLED IN ACTION - 26th JULY 1917 - AGED 26


FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND

FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND

 

BORN IN MARSTON IN 1891

PRIVATE 29650. 13TH BATTALION, ALEXANDRA, PRINCESS OF WALES'S OWN YORKSHIRE REGIMENT.) FORMERLY 30815 NOTTS & DERBY REGIMENT.

ENLISTED IN LICHFIELD.

COMMEMORATED IN FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

In 1911 Bertram lived at "The Kiln" (now known as 6 Old Kiln Lane,) Clophill. He was a farm labourer. He lived with his widowed father, James who was a shepherd and his 9 year old brother.

His mother, Laura, had died in 1903. James had been born in Clophill, moved to Marston then returned to Clophill via Maulden. Bertram also had 2 older sisters.


In 1917 the 13th Battalion saw action during The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the capture of Fifteen Ravine, Villers Plouich, Beaucamp and La Vacquerie and The Cambrai Operations. Fins is a village near Cambrai.

The Ampthill News of December 16, 1916, reported "Pte. Bertram Harris (Bedfords) has had some very narrow escapes in the firing line, but has so far emerged unscathed".

On August 11, 1917, the Ampthill News reported his death as follows:- "Mr. James Harris, of the Kiln, has received news that his son, Pte. Bertram Harris, has been killed in France. Pte. Harris was originally in the Staffordshire Regiment, but was afterwards transferred to one of the Yorkshire regiments. The first news of his death came from the captain of his Company. Later the official notification came from the War Office. He was 26 years old."

There are now 1289 First World War casualties commemorated in the Fins site. Of these 208 are unidentified, and special memorials are erected to nine soldiers from the United Kingdom who are believed to be buried among them. There are also 276 German burials here, 89 being unidentified.