No.26328, Private, Bert HARLOCK
Aged 36

9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 15th April 1918

Bertie Harlock was born in Soham in 1882 (Newmarket Q2-1882 3B:568), son of William HARLOCK of "The Piece", Soham. This then becomes confusing since his mother's maiden name was NORMAN and records show William Harlock married Kezia NORMAN (Newmarket Q3-1881 3B:874) of The Piece, Soham. Edengill Thorp (1842-1912) had married Henry Coxall in Chesterton (3B:753 Q2-1866) who died in 1880, and she died in 1912 as Edengill COXALL.

It does appear that Kezia Norman was Bertie's mother but left William when Bertie was young. Edengill moved in and became Bertie's stepmother. William and Edengill lived as man and wife but couldn't marry as Keziah was still alive. Although the census shows Edengill by the name of Harlock during these years she may never have used that name herself but kept her own married name of Coxhall. This explains why she is buried under that name. This would seem to be the logical explanation for these conflicting census entries.

1891 census...Aged 9, he was with his father William HARLOCK [31] hawker born Soham, Edengill HARLOCK [41] born Comberton, recorded as mother, lodging with Henry and Susannah HUMBERSTONE at The Robin Hood, Sheep Market, St.Ives, Huntingdon. Also there were Mauney Thorpe [21] and Jenny THORPE [20], and Amos THORPE [25] and Mary THORPE [30], quite possibly Edengill's brothers and sisters. However Kezia HARLOCK (married) [29] was at 3 Allington Street, Lambeth with her son Cooper N HARLOCK; mother Keziah NORMAN and widowed brother Rutter NORMAN and his children, George [13], James [11] and Sara J [8].

1901 census...Aged 19, a hawker's assistant, he was in Caravan, New Crown Yard, Hemingford Grey with his father and Edengill. Mother recorded as Edengill.
His mother Xiziare HARLOCK [39] born Soham) was at 13 Allington Street Brixton Hill with her mother Xiziare NORMAN [76] laundress born Soham; her brother James M NORMAN [20] born Soham; her sons, Cooper N HARLOCK [12] born Soham and Harlock N HARLOCK [6] and daughter Xiziare V.HARLOCK [2 months] both born Brixton Hill.

In 1902, in Burwell he married Tottie GRAY (b.31-1-1882).

1911 census...Aged 29, a hawker, he was at Caravan, Ship Lane, Ely with his wife Rally ? [29] born Lavenham and their daughters Mary [8], Rose [5] both born in Burwell, Matilda [3] born in Saffron Walden and son Frank [4] born in Fulbourn. It appears his father [50]married farmer and horse dealer, was at Hall Street, Soham with housekeeper Edengill Coxall [68],single, and a servant Fred FIELDS [26] single, born Haslingfield Suffolk.

His mother Keziah [49] was at 13 Allington Street, Cornwall Road, Brixton Hill,London with her sons Copper Norman HARLOCK [22] beet finisher, born Cambridge, Herbert Norman HARLOCK [17] born Lambeth and daughter Harlock Vine HARLOCK [10] born Lambeth. She had borne 5 children but lost one. Also there was Harry DULTON [41] Married widower? a dust carter and his children, all Lambeth born, Maude Beten [18], Charles [12], Harry [10] and George James [6]. There does seem to be a certain amount of confusion over forenames compared to the 1901 census)

His widow is Mrs WILSON on his "Soldier's Personal Effects" entry, she married Fred WILSON (Huntingdon Q4-1919), however on the pension card she is at St James Square, Soham with the six children : Mary Ann (b.11-5-1903); Rose (b. 2-2-1906); Tilly (Matilda) (b.30-3-1908); Francis Bill (b.11-12-1910); Bert (b.6-8-1913) and Albert (b.29-9-1915). She later moved to The Spade and Bucket, Chatteris.

Enlisted in Northampton.
The 9th Norfolks were in Danoutre, "D" and "A" Coy in line, "C" in support at Crucifix Hill and "B" in reserve. The hostile bombardment starting at mid day caused such losses in "C" Coy that "B" had to take their place. The Germans attacked at 2:30 pn and by 3 pm had a foothold in the front trenches. They were driven out by "B" Coy, but in the end "B" Coy had to retire and a line was formed along the railway to the left of the battalion, in touch with the 1st Leicesters. They were then ordered into Divisional reserve behind Mount Kemmel where half dug in east of Locre, the other half on the road from Kemmel.

Of the 108 killed, only two have identified graves.

Local press report
Pte. Bert Harlock, Norfolk Regt., whose wife and family reside in St. John's Square, is reported to have been killed in action on April 15th.

Bert Harlock is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium, panels 34-35 and 162A

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