Remembered with honour Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery: Plot IX, Row A, Grave 9.
He enlisted in March 1915 at Bunhill Row, London, and went to France January 1917. He was formerly Private 301083 5th (City of London) Battalion London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade), and was wounded 23 March 1918 during the German Offensive. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was killed in action at Bouchavesnes. Unfortunately, Bertram’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a brief article about and Death announcements for Bertram in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 26 October 1918; plus an In Memoriam in the issue dated 30 August 1919.
Son of Jacob and Caroline Mary (nee DAVIES) PREWETT of Bushey, Herts; husband of Ida Lizzie (nee ELTON) PREWETT of Watford.
His parents married 1874 in the Holborn, London, district. Caroline died 18 January 1921 in Bushey aged 68, and was buried 21 January at St James’, Bushey; Jacob died 7 March 1936 in Bushey aged 93, and was buried 10 March, also at St James.
Bertram was born 12 October 1878 in Hampstead, London, and attended Watford Grammar School from June 1886 to July 1894. From c1894 he was a well-known bell-ringer, especially at St Matthew’s, Oxhey, Herts, and St James’, Bushey. After an open competition he was appointed Post Office Assistant Clerk (Abstractor) 27 April 1898. He married 12 July 1913 at St James’, Bushey, and resided in Watford. Ida never remarried, and died 6 November 1974 in Bushey aged 89.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1881 Census, aged 2 he lived in Bushey, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1891 Census, aged 12 he still lived in Bushey, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1901 Census, a saving’s bank clerk aged 22, he still lived in Bushey, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1911 Census, a Civil Service clerk 2nd Division aged 32, he lived in Oxhey, with his parents and one sibling.
Unit18th (County of London) Battalion (London Irish Rifles)
Date of death31/08/1918
Age at death39
Place of death
NotesThere are a number of sites on Google detailing his time as a bell-ringer
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)