Bertie Forster

Name

Bertie Forster

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

22/07/1918
28

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
39832
Bedfordshire Regiment
2nd Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY
XIV.D.20
Germany

UK Memorials

Stanstead Abbotts Village Memorial
Not on the Wormley memorials

Pre War

Born 1890 in Sittingbourne, Kent to Leonard Thomas and Emma Forster. Baptised on 15 February 1890 at Sittingbourne. 1911 Census: living with parents and brothers, Albert and Vallance and sister Lily. at Fernlee Villas, Glebe Road, Warlingham, Surrey. His father was a labourer and was working as a butcher. Married Ada Mary Payne in 1913 at Godstone, Surrey, who later lived at 4 Myddleton Villas, Church Lane, Wormley, Herts.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in Bedfordshire Regiment as Private No 39832 and served in 2nd Battalion. At the end of June his unit were ordered to attack German held villages of Senlis and Bouzincourt. The assault began at 0935 and was initially a success but a German counter attack forced most of the Bedfords from the positions they had captured. The German trench changed hands twice more during the day until another enemy attack at 2050 forced most of the British troops to retreat; Bertie died in a German hospital in Weiden, Nr. Cologne, Germany, as prisoner of war.

The cemetery in which he is buried was used for the burial of over 1000 Commonwealth servicemen brought there from a number of cemeteries from all over Germany.

Additional Information

War gratuity of £7 awarded to widow Ada.

Acknowledgments

Terry Collins, Brenda Palmer