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.