Bertram Earnshaw Mitchell.

Date of birth:                 1890Poppies
Place of birth:                Southampton
Rank:                               2nd Lieutenant
Regiment / Division:   East Lancashire Regiment
Battalion:                       12th Battalion
Died:                               4th February 1917 aged 27 years
Death Location:            France

Life before the War

Bertram’s father, William Earnshaw, born Southampton 1859, died 1904 and left a Probate:

“Mitchell William Earnshaw of Portland Street and of the “Grange” Shirley both in Southampton died 21 July 1904 at Southampton. Probate London 28 September 1904 to Lavinia Mitchell widow Sydney Harry Sawbridge auctioneer and Frederick Veale Hamblyn gentleman. Effects £8632 6s 1d” (in 2005, this would be worth £495,062.64)

His mother, Lavinia aka Minnie, was born 1861 St. Alban’s, Hertfordshire. Her Probate read:

“Hamblyn Lavinia of 2 Westbourne Mansions Westbourne Crescent Southampton (wife of Frederick Hamblyn) died 10 August 1931. Probate Winchester 16 October 1931 to the said Frederick Hamblyn coal merchant’s manager and Cecil Willie Mitchell land valuer. Effects £2431 13s”

William and Lavinia Klusman married in the district of Alresford, Hampshire in 1882. Bertram was their youngest child and he had siblings:

Ethel Mary b.1882 d.1905

Hilda Rosalie b.1884, married 1907 Southampton to Harry Harket Hamblyn, she died on 1st March 1964, Isle of Wight, leaving a Probate, effects £7882

Cecil Willie b.1885, married Antonia M E Hamblyn in 1912 Southampton, died 13th December 1944 leaving £4722 18s 1d as per his Probate.

Douglas Richard b.1888, married 1909 Southampton Gertrude Alice Bull. He fought in the Canadian Army in the Great War.

In 1891, the family lived at 45, Avenue Road, St. Mary’s Parish, Southampton. William had his own business as an Architect and Surveyor. The family employed two servants, a General Servant Domestic and a Nurse.

William, with his wife and children, had moved to “The Grange”, Romsey Road, Shirley, Southampton by 1901. William still worked for himself, from home, as an Architect. They had a Housemaid Domestic Servant and a Kitchen Maid Domestic Servant working for them. Cecil had been sent to Salisbury School, Bourne Avenue, Wiltshire where he is a boarder/pupil.

By 1911, Lavinia was a widow. She with her son Bertram were at 25, Thornbury Avenue, Southampton. Bertram was employed by a Wholesale Grocer as a Clerk. Lavinia had a boarder Frederick Hamblyn, a Coal Factory Manager. She also employed a General Servant Domestic. Douglas had married and was living with his wife and son at 49, South view Road, Shirley and employed as a Builders Foreman. In 1911, Cecil was living with his aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Arthur Russell, a Farmer, at Rookery Farm, Broughton, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Cecil was a Farm Pupil.

Lavinia Mitchell married Frederick Hamblyn in 1912 Southampton.

Bertram’s National Probate

“Mitchell Bertram Earnshaw of Toronto York Ontario Canada lieutenant East Lancashire regiment died 4 February 1917 in France. Administration (will Will limited) London 12 April 1918 to Lavinia Hamblyn (wife of Frederick Hamblyn) attorney of the National Trust company limited of Toronto. Effects £775 5s”

War Service

 Bertram first served with the 18th Royal Fusiliers as a Private until he transferred to the 12th East Lancashire Regiment on the 6th July 1916 when he was promoted:

Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 August, 1916

 “Cadet Bertram Earnshaw Mitchell to be temp. 2nd Lt. (on prob) 7 July 1916”Etaples  Cemetary

War Casualties
Bertram is Remembered with Honour at the Etaples Military Cemetery, France. His Memorial reads:

“Mitchell, 2nd Lt. Bertram Earnshaw. 7th Bn. East Lancashire Regt. 4th Feb., 1917. Age 27. Son of Lavina
Hamblyn, of 23, The Avenue, Southampton, Hants. Native of Southampton”

Bertram was entitled to the 1915 Star, British Service and Victory Medals.

Researched by Becky Lonergan  November 2013.

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