|Date of birth:||1893|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Regiment / Division:||Hampshire|
|Battalion:||11th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers)|
|Died:||3rd May 1917 aged 24 years|
|Death location:||Battle of Messines, Ypres|
Life before the War
Bertram was the third of 6 siblings born to Alfred Walter and Mary Louisa Lewington, who lived at 23 Cedar Road, St Mary’s. He was born in the first quarter of 1893 and but we are unable to find any further information regarding his childhood.
By 1917, at the time of Bertram’s death, records show his parents living at 11 Padwell Road.
Bertram’s 5 siblings were:
Eva Mary b. 1888 d. 1971 in Winchester (married 3 times, twice after husband’s death).
Charles Henry b. 1891 d. 1899, aged 8 years
Alfred Victor b. 1896 d. 26 April 1917 in Amara, Iraq.
Walter Ernest b. 1899 d. 1952, aged 53, in Southampton (married Winifred Louisa Fox in 1925). Their daughter Mary W was born in 1926 and their son John W born and died Dec 1929.
Isabel Margaret b. 1903 d. 1971, aged 68 (married Alfred E. Reeve in 1931)
Records show that Bertram originally enlisted in the 9th (Cyclist) Btn of the Hampshire Regiment. This corps was based in Southampton and he was given the service number 6880. He was soon either voluntarily, or forced, to transfer to the 11th Pioneers.
The Pioneers, after much training in the UK and Eire, was finally mobilised in December 1915, landing in Le Havre on the 18th. The next year was spent on the Somme before the commencement of the Battle of Messines in 1917.
It is probably in the very early days of this battle that Bertram lost his life. His body was recovered and he was buried in Loker Churchyard nr Ypres (Plot 1, Row C, No. 20). This cemetery is located 6 miles from Ypres and holds 215 casualties.
Interestingly, Bertram died on exactly the same day as his second cousin Neville, with Alfred Victor dying 1 week earlier.
Bertram is related to three other Lewingtons named on the Cenotaph and Memorial Wall and also memorialised at Southampton Old Cemetery – Alfred Victor was his brother, William Arthur was a cousin, whilst Neville Frank was a second cousin – they all shared the same great-grandfather. Please select the names of Alfred, William and Neville to take you to their stories.
|Published.:||22nd September 2014|
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