BERTIE BAKEWELL 1886–1959
Also known as Herbert on military records
Born 7th April 1886 in Radcliffe on Trent
Baptised 2nd May 1886 at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent (baptismal name Berty)
Married in 1919 to Dorothy Cash, Nottingham
Children: Dorothy M. born 1919, Robert W. born 1921, Ernest R. born 1922, Alfred C. born 1924, Iris A. born 1926
Died 1959 Radcliffe on Trent, ashes interred Radcliffe Cemetery (K143, headstone)
Age five, living at 1 Station Terrace, Radcliffe on Trent. The household comprised William (father) a platelayer, mother Lizzie (née Spencer) and children, William twelve, Lucy, ten, Ernest, eight, Bertie, five, and Gertrude, two.
Radcliffe on Trent School Register Admitted to Radcliffe school 11.4.1889.
Age fifteen, living on Station Terrace. William (father) was a railway platelayer, brother Ernest, born 1883, was a railway labourer. Bertie was a farm labourer.
Family was still living in a house with four rooms on Station Terrace. Bertie was away from home serving with the army in India.
Rank: Sergeant (by 1918)
Service Number: 25839
Military Unit: 52 Company, Royal Garrison Artillery, Bombay, India
Theatre of War: served in India so did not enter a theatre of war
Attestation: 19.11.1906 in Nottingham. Name given as Herbert Bakewell. Age twenty. Occupation: gardener. Height 5 ft 10ins, weight 140 lbs, chest 36ins, blue eyes, light brown hair.
Next of kin: father William, mother Sarah of 1 Station Terrace, Radcliffe on Trent.
A character reference was supplied by Reverend J. Cullen (vicar of Radcliffe) stating that he has known Bertie all his life as a parishioner and that he was sober, honest and respectable.
19.11.06: 5 Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery, Gunner
21.02.07: Posted Gunner 44 Company, Royal Garrison Artillery
04.05.07: Re-measured at Pembroke Dock: Ht 5ft 10½ ins, wt 146 lbs, chest 37ins
07.01.08: Posted 52 Company, RGA
08.01.08: Posted to India
31.03.08: Passed swimming instruction
27.04.08: Certificate of education, 3rd Class
16.06.09: Depression Range Finder, Rangoon
24.07.12: While playing football in Bombay for an RGA team against a Royal Warwicks Regiment team, he broke his right leg colliding with the goalkeeper and was taken to Station Hospital, Coloba. Fracture of tibia and fibula.
27.11.12: Passed 2nd Class Signaller instruction
15.10.13: Passed 1st Class Signaller instruction
02.03.14: Passed 1st Class Gunner instruction
04.03.14: 52 Company
Extended Service to complete 12 years, initially Signaller, then Gunner.
Period of Army service expires 18.11.14 (9 years).
13.08.16: Promoted Bombardier
18.10.16: Requalified 1st Class Gunner
26.12.16: Promoted Corporal
10.04.18: Promoted Sergeant
09.10.18: Posted Expeditionary Force, France
Employment sheet 1915-1918:
28.02.15: Duty Signaller: An intelligent, willing, steady and reliable man
Canteen(?) Assistant: Quite trustworthy
01.03.16: Duty Signaller: Intelligent, hard working and trustworthy
09.10.18: Duty Signaller: An intelligent, steady and reliable NCO. Sober and trustworthy
18.11.18: Posted Unit 5/4 SARB,( Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade), Aldershot
17.01.19: To Dispersal centre
19.01.19: Demobilized (from Clipstone Camp)
Bertie Bakewell spent the war in India – see response to letter below from his uncle, T. Spencer. Although posted to France in October 1918, the war would have been over by the time he arrived there from India. The fact that he did not receive a Victory medal is evidence that he did not serve in a theatre of war.
Could you kindly inform me where the 52nd Coy of the Royal Garrison Artillery is now stationed? I have a nephew in the company L Cpl Bert Bakewell and I last heard from him from Oyster Bay Fort Bombay. My reasons for troubling you is that my sister, his mother, is anxious about him …
Both her lads were in the Royal Garrison Artillery. One was drowned going out to China some time ago so she takes it very much to heart. If I can do anything for your kindness in fishing out this information I shall be most happy to do so.
Yours sincerely, T. Spencer, RAM Corps, Connaught Hospital, Aldershot’
A note written across the letter states: ‘Informed still in 52 Company, Bombay 18.5.15’
Total Military Service: 12 years. Character described as ‘exemplary’ on military record: ‘an intelligent, steady and reliable soldier and trustworthy’.
Medals Awarded: British War
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register:
Station Terrace, Radcliffe on Trent
His brother Ernest was also a regular soldier. Bertie gives Ernest as one of his next of kin on his military record (no date) which states Ernest was serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery, his unit was in South Africa during the Boer War then the unit transferred to China to assist in putting down the Boxer Rebellion. Ernest was drowned in the course of the journey.
Address: Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Employment: Male Nurse, Notts County Mental Hospital
Household: wife Dorothy and son Robert William
1922 Electoral Register
Address: Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Head of household: Bert Bakewell
Bert Bakewell was dismissed from Notts County Mental Hospital in April 1922, following involvement in a strike by nursing and house staff.
Address: No 2 Council Houses, Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Occupation: skilled labourer at Gas Works
Household: living with wife, Dorothy and sons Robert, working in munitions, and Ernest, apprentice saddler.
Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.