Date of birth: 1898
Parents: William and Catherine Garrison
Address: 6 Cherry Street
Bert was born in Warwick in January 1898 and baptised at St. Nicholas Church on 23rd January 1898. His parents were Wiliam and Catherine Garrison. He was one of nine children although two of his siblings had died before 1911. His eldest sister Lillie died in 1899 aged 15. He had two other older sisters Helena and Mabel, two older brothers Albert and Frederick, a younger brother Percy and a younger sister Hilda.
In 1911 the family were living at 6 Cherry Street and Bert’s father was working at the gelatine factory as a labourer. Bert’s sister Mabel aged 15 also worked at the factory as a gelatine sorter. Bert, aged 13, was at school.
Bert’s sister, Helena, was killed in Coventry during the blitz of 8-9th April 1941.
Rank & Number: Private, 14780
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 10th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of death: Wednesday, April 11, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - First Battle of the Scarpe
Commemorated/Buried: Fampoux British Cemetery, Pas de Calais
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church
Bert was listed as wounded on the Casualty List issued by the War Office on 9th November 1916. He was entitled to wear a ‘wound stripe’. Bert’s brother Frederick served in the Royal Navy from 1911 until 1920.
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