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Bertram, E B

Villers Station Cemetery

Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, near Arras

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 16 April 1917

Commemorated on Grouville Parish Memorial
La Rocque Methodist Church Memorial

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 14 April 1917

Roll of Honour. Yet another Jerseyman, Private E Bertram of the Canadians, has made the supreme sacrifice. This young soldier was the eldest son of Mrs J Le Clercq of La Rocque, his father being drowned at the conger grounds some years ago. He left for Canada a few years back and enlisting shortly after the outbreak of hostilities was in the Island on leave at Christmas, and left for the Front shortly afterwards. The sad news was conveyed to the mother by the Chaplain of the 44th Canadian Infantry who writes as follows "France. 8 April 1917. Dear Mrs Le Clercq, It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of your son, Private E Bertram 292448 of 44th Canadian Infantry on 6 April 1917. He was returning home with his comrades in the Machine Gun section when a shell unexpectedly landed and your son was killed instantly, the others were wounded. Death was instantaneous so he was spared suffering. I understand that he has but lately come to the Battalion and it is extremely sad. In these days one never knows where the blow will strike and our sympathy goes out to you in your sudden sorrow. When any of us are taken while in the path of duty we cannot help but feel that the cause is in other hands than ours. Yesterday we laid your boy's remains away in their last resting place in a cemetery sacred to the memory of the Allied Force, with a simple burial service and the Military Honours due to a fallen comrade we laid him away. A cross marks the spot bearing his name. number, unit and date of death. The place will be carefully marked and neatly kept. May there be this consolation in your sorrow, that your son died while in the execution of his duties. May God give you strength to bear the sacrifice you have been called upon to make for the Nation's sake in the hour of its need. Yours in deepest sympathy, GEORGE FARQUHER, Chaplain 44th Canadian Infantry". We tender the bereaved mother and other relatives our sincere sympathy.


Edward Bienaimé Bertam

Private Edward Bienaimé Bertram
44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment)

Eldest son of the late Edward Philip Bertram & Adele Eugenie Le Clercq (formerly Bertram) of Beachside, La Rocque, Grouville, Jersey

Killed in action, aged 22 years.


Canadian attestation paper

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record