His name was Bertram William || Lest We Forget

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His name was Bertram William.

We was married to Lucy Anne.

He was a Bricklayer.

He enlisted on 25th September 1916.

Rank on enlistment: Private.

Unit name: 32nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement.

He embarked on board HMAT A19 Africon, on the 7th November 1916, from Adelaide.

He was 27.

He was my Great-Grandfather.

And thankfully on the 18th of January, 1919, he came home.

So many didn’t.

Today, we remember them all.

As Lauren said so perfectly in her recent post… Thank you will never be enough.

Lest we forget.

Image from this video: "HTTPS://www.youtube.com/embed/Q20DUaIzYJg" My dad was watching it and spotted his grandfather.  He's 99% sure this is Bertram William (Third from left in the gap)
Image sourced from the Spirit Of The Anzacs Official Music Video. My dad just happened to be watching this video online and spotted his grandfather in one of the still images!! He’s 99% sure this is Bertram William (The little guy, fourth from left in the gap) marching in an Anzac Day Parade sometime in the 60’s.

Watch the Spirit of The Anzacs: Official Music Video here

I wonder what he was feeling as he signed this form.

Information sources: 
www.awm.gov.au – holds details of approximately 330,000 AIF personnel, recorded as they embarked from Australia for overseas service during the First World War.






11 thoughts on “His name was Bertram William || Lest We Forget

  1. Oh I got goosebumps reading this. I was at the War Memorial a few weeks ago. There were so many thousands who never got to come home. It’s really lovely to hear a story with a happy ending! Huzzah for your eagle eyed Dad spotting that photo and that form really takes you back in time. I loved Lauren’s post too- it was brilliant. Lest we forget x

    1. Thanks lovely. I need to visit the war memorial next time I’m in Canberra. I bet it was a moving experience. Hope you had a great Anzac Day, your first as a citizen! x

    1. Thanks lovely! So much to reflect upon today. My brother has his whole war diary. I haven’t read it yet, but will one day when I’m ready to. Xx

    1. oh I’m so sorry to hear. It’s so hard to comprehend everything they went through isn’t it! My brother has Bertram’s war diary, I haven’t read it yet but will one day when I’m ready. Can’t imagine what is to be found among those pages! Lest we forget xx

  2. Thank you so much for linking to me honey! And aren’t those papers amazing? I have the ones for my great-grandfather including his medical records showing his treatment for a gun-shot wound at Gallipoli in 1915. He survived it though and he came home too! So precious to have those little pieces of history. xxx

    1. Oh my pleasure. It was such a beautiful post, one of my all time faves!
      So lucky your great grandfather came home too. A gunshot wound, omg! The full records are so interesting to read and it’s so great we have access to this important family history to tell our children and keep their memory alive. My bro also has our great grandfathers war diary. I’m yet to read it but will when I’m ready. Can you imagine what is contained within those pages! Hope you and the fam enjoyed Anzac Day together. (Not sure ‘enjoyed’ is the right word, but you know what I mean!) Xx

  3. That’s such an honouring story of your Great Grandfather. My Grandpa also served but in WW2 and I had the pleasure of marching in many Anzac Day marches representing Hornsby RSL Youth Club. Special memories though are the ones where as a young girl looking across the Cenataph at Hornsby to see my Grandpa’s head bowed in remembrance. As a child I didn’t even know that he lost a brother Lachlan in the war. My mum’s brothers also served (they put their ages up) and two of her brothers-in-law. Now we need to look after the many veterans who are returning now with problems. Thanks for sharing Shannon. xxxx

  4. Lovely, lovely post Shannon. I was at the Australian War Memorial a few weeks ago and placed poppies next to the names of my two great-great-uncles on the Roll of Honour. Both were killed in France. One of them died 98 years ago this week. xx

    1. Oh wow Ellen. What a wonderful thing to do. So important to honour and remember them, and also educate our kids too. xx

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