Beryle Heilderslon de Monstrat Bertram

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Bertram, Private Beryle Heilderslon de Monstrat (Bert) no.1513 (no.1317)

1st Battalion, 3rd reinforcements.

“Kelso” Liberty Street, Belmore.

Labourer.

Born in Melbourne.

Son of Henrich L. and Ada M.F. Bertram.

Enlisted at Liverpool 24/11/1914, aged 19.

Single.

Presbyterian.

Next of kin, sister, Melita Beckman, “Kelso” Liberty Street, Belmore.

Living at “Myrtle Maize” Beach Road, Dulwich Hill at enlistment.

Embarked from Melbourne 22/12/1914 per HMAT A32 Themistocles.

Casualty list 3/6/1915 Wounded SMH 17/7/1915 p.9.

Landing of the Australian wounded from Gallipoli.

List of those who returned, and were taken to Randwick Asylum: Private B. Bertram (Belmore) SMH 17/7/1915 p. 10 Private Bertram (Interview) Private Bertram of the 1st Battalion, presents one of the sad cases of the returned wounded He left here a fine strongly built young man, and has returned minus his right hand. How he lost it he told in a few simple words. We were ordered to land at 7.30 in the morning of April 25', he said Shrapnel was bursting over and around us in showers. We worked our way across about thirty yards of beach, and then up the cliffs. All the time we were being submitted to a regular hail of lead from machine guns, snipers, and the Turkish infantrymen on the heights above us. We got there at length, and drove them a mile inland. We took a breather then, and lay dawn under cover of some bush. A sniper was at work about a hundred yards off, and I knelt up and let fly at him but missed The next second they switched a machine gun on us, and I got the brunt of it. The bullets tore into my right arm just above the wrist, and the doctors had to amputate my hand on the hospital ship before we reached Alexandria ’.

Married Edith L. Bondfield 1917.

Died 1928.

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1988593/ (accessed 8 July 2016). N.B. conflicting date of embarkment.

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.

Note

An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.

Reference

Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002