Herbert George Bartlett

Date of birth: 1881
Place of birth: Warwick
Regiment: Military Police Corps
Battalion: Mounted Police
Rank / Service No: Acting Lance Corporal, P/8425
Died: 6th November 1918, aged 37 years
Buried: Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel (DD.46)

 

Herbert was the oldest of 3 siblings born to Richard Hall and Ellen Bartlett (nee Powell), who married in Rownhams in 1877.

The couple are known to have had 4 children, so it must be assumed that one died in infancy.

 

Richard, a publican, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1850. At the 1911 Census he was running The Gold Cup Inn in Warwick.

 

The family lived in Warwick for many years but were also in Shirley and Salisbury both before and after.

Richard died in Salisbury, in 1928.

 

Ellen was born in Nursling in 1849 and she passed away in Salisbury in 1931.

 

Siblings 

Herbert George 

Maud Lily   b. 10 August 1885 Warwick   d. 1968 Croydon   Married Charles W. P. Pratt in Warwick in 1916.

Richard Walter   b. 9 October 1887 Warwick   d. 1958 Lewisham   Married Ellen Taylor in Lewisham in 1912.

 

 

1885 saw the formation of the Military Mounted Police and the Military Foot Police, both under the Military Police Corps.

 

The Corps of the Military Foot Police was recruited from other corps and regiments of the British army. A recruit had to be of good character and have at least one good conduct badge and 4 years service.

 

There were no Privates in the Corps, the minimum rank was Corporal.

 

When WW1 broke out, there were 764 Military Police spread between the Mounted and the Foot. It soon became obvious that more policemen would be needed, and the peacetime standards of the Corps were considerably lowered.

 

Members of the M.F.P spent much of their early years on much-needed traffic control duties in France and Flanders, to ensure the smooth flow of troops.

 

Absenteeism and desertion became an increasing problem as the war progressed. It was the duty of Military Policemen to apprehend deserters and hold them for trial by court martial.

 

More than 3000 death sentences were passed by British courts martial between 1914 and 1920, of which 346 were carried out.

 

Of the 346 executions 266 were for desertion, 18 for cowardice, 37 for murder, 7 for quitting their post, 3 for mutiny, 2 for sleeping whilst a sentry, 6 for striking a superior officer, 5 for disobedience and 2 for casting away arms.

 

By the end of the war there were some 15,000 men in the Military Police…approximately 375 lost their lives in the conflict.

 

It was somewhat unfortunate that the typical British “Tommy” regarded the MP as an instrument of a brutal regime, forcing ordinary soldiers into more and more fighting.

 

The only indication of Herbert’s personal and military life is that he was employed as a Footman at Kilworth House near Lutterworth at the 1911 Census.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th December 2016
Updated:

 

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