No. 5316, Sergeant, Bertram BARBER
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Born Lakenheath..registered Mildenhall Q4:1880 [4A:589].|
1881 census...Aged 5 months, living at Undley Road, Lakenheath with his father- George BARBER , a general labourer born in Lakenheath and his mother- Rebecca (née PALMER)  born Lakenheath.
His father died in Q4-1889 (Mildenhall 4A:347) and his mother married George TURRINGTON in Q4-1890 (Mildenhall 4A:1330).
1891 census...Aged 10, living at Farrows Yard, Lakenheath with his step-father, George TURRINGTON  a labourer born in Lakenheath, and his mother. A 7 years old James TURRINGTON is recorded as a lodger.
1901 census...Bertram was not found in this census. Quite possibly he is in the Army somewhere. His mother and step-father had moved to Flempton Green, Flempton with their son George  born in Lakenheath.
1911 census... Aged 30, he is single, a Corporal in the Suffolk Regiment, stationed at the Depot at Out Risbygate, Bury St.Edmunds.His mother, stepfather and half brother George were in Flempton
In Q4:1912 He married Ethel BURROUGHS (Bury St.Edmunds Q4-1912 [4A:2001](b.17-8-1887) She was at 2 Ipswich Terrace, Bury St. Edmunds after his death. They had a daughter, Lily May BARBER (Bury St Edmunds Q4-1913 4A:1781) who sadly died 5th Feb 1918.
In the second attack of Bellewarde, a counter attack was ordered on the afternoon of the 30th September. An artillery bombardment of the mine crater, which
was not very effective, ceased at 3:15 and three companies of the 4th Middlesex, 2nd Royal Scots and the 2nd Suffolks advanced. The commanding officer of "A"
Company (Capt E C Smith) was killed immediately, but under Capt. De Castro the attack carried on. Despite heavy machine gun fire and bombing they managed to
reach the edge of the crater, but were halted by un-cut barbed wire. 3 more officers were killed at this point and the attackers were forced to withdraw.
Amongst the 120 casualties was Sgt B.Barber. The 4th Middlesex had 17 killed, the Royal Scots 7 and the 2nd Suffolks had 35 killed of which 20 have no known
grave and are named on the Menin Gate in Ypres.|
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