Bert Kingston

Name

Bert Kingston

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

12/10/1916
26

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
14126
Bedfordshire Regiment
2nd Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Pier and Face 2 C.
France

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Christchurch Plaque, now in Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born in 1891 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire and was baptised in Berkhamsted on 15 Apr 1891 son of George and Eliza Kingston he was one of eight, and in 1911 they were living at 65 Shrublands Avenue, Berkhampsted. His father was employed as a labourer in a market garden and Bert was a labourer in a chemical works. So far, we have not been able to find a connection to Bengeo.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in Hertford and was sent to France on 1st May 1915, his unit fought at the Battle of Festubert on 17th May, where they attacked German lines until they reached ditches up to 4ft wide and with between 2 and 5 feet of water in them and they were forced to retire to their original positions. After this they took part in the Second Battle of Givenchy in June and at Loos in September. The following year, after training, they fought on the Somme at Trones Wood, Montauban and Delville Wood. During this period the battalion suffered heavy casualties. On 12th October they took part in the Battle for Transloy Ridge, they attacked at 2.05pm, but again they suffered from heavy enemy fire and were forced to retire. During 12th and 13th October the battalion suffered almost 500 casualties including Bert whose body was not recovered.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins