Date of birth: 22nd October 1895
Parents: William James and Lucy Carty
Address: 8 Guys Cliffe Terrace
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Bertram Samuel Carty was born on 22nd October 1895 and baptised on 8th December 1895 at Sparkbrook, Birmingham. His father, William James was an army pensioner, having previously been a Colour Sergeant with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Bertram’s mother was Lucy Carty nee Dyke.
1911 saw him living with brother William (20) and mother Lucy (42) at 8 Guys Cliffe Terrace. He was employed as a Junior Draughtsman in the motor industry. His father, William, was working as a storekeeper in a spring balance makers in West Bromwich at the time so was not included on the census.
Bertram sang in the choir at St Nicholas Church
Bertram’s father worked in the Army Records Office, situated at the Court House in Jury Street, throughout the war.
Bertram’s brother, William, also fell in 1916 so William and Lucy lost both of their sons in the space of a few months.
Warwick Advertiser – 2nd September 1916
Lucy and William both died in Warwick and they are buried in Warwick Cemetery where their sons are commemorated on their grave, whose inscription reads:
In Loving Memory of
LUCY the beloved wife of WILLIAM J CARTY died 29th July 1932 aged 68 years.
Also WILLIAM JAMES CARTY who died 9th November 1950 aged 92 years.
Also W.G. CARTY 2nd Lieutenant Royal Warwickshire Regiment killed in action in France 25th March 1916 aged 25 years.
And B.S. CARTY 2nd Lieutenant 12 Battalion Notts and Derby Regiment killed in action in France 21st August 1916 aged 20 years.
Rank & Number: Second Lieutenant, 61519
Regiment/Service: 12th (Service) Battalion, Notts & Derbyshire Regiment (Sherwood Foresters)
Brigade/Division: 24th Division
Date of death: Monday, August 21, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action in Bernafay Wood
Commemorated/Buried: Bernafay Wood British Cememtery, Somme
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church
The following exerpt from the Warwick Advertiser 2nd September 1916 details how Bertram’s parents received a telegram from the King and Queen, a letter from the War Office and a further letter from his commanding officer:
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- Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office