Date of birth: Q4 1919
Parents: Major Albert James Masterson and Mrs Laura Annie Masterston nee Stevens
Address: 23 Myton Crofts, Leamington Spa
Occupation: Career soldier
Bertram was born in Q4 of 1919 in Uckfield, East Sussex. His father, Albert James (1893-1989) also known as Jim, was a Major and had served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during the First World War. His mother was Laura Annie Stevens (1893-1984). Bertram had one sister, Daphne, born in 1926 in Warwick. She married Harold G S Miller in Warwick in 1951.
We have very little information regarding Bertram but shipping records show that in August 1933, aged 13, he travelled alone to Port Said in Egypt returning to London six weeks later on 29th September.
He was educated at Rugby School, then the Royal Military Academy.
By 1939, the family were living at 23 Myton Crofts. The register has one name redacted which was probably Daphne. His father Jim was now stationed at the Infantry Training Centre at Warwick – probably at Budbrooke Barracks.
Bertram left his estate to his father so it can be assumed he was single.
He is buried in Bari Cemetery, Italy:
Rank & Number: Major, 94278
Regiment/Service: 323 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Date of death: 22nd December 1943
Cause of death/Battle: Died on wounds in Italy
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Bari War Cemetery, Italy. XV. D. 10.
Awards: Military Cross
Commemorated locally at:
Bertram won the Military Cross (MC). He was attached to the 87 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment at the time of his death. This Warwick Advertiser article gives details of ‘How he won the Military Cross’
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser exerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office