1. Memorial:Vis-En-Artois MemorialPanel 12 and 14.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.122
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour19C GQS

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Family :

Born 1890, the first son of Joseph Bertie and Mary Isabel Friend nee Burkett, of 7, Priory Gate Road, Dover. He had two younger sisters and a younger brother, Catherine (b.1895), Norah Isabel (b.1898) and Harry (b.1901).

Education & Career :

Educated at St. Dunstans College and joined the East Kent Yeomanry in May 1907. After leaving school he became the Butcher's Manager, Dover (1913) and was employed by his father, who himself was a Master Butcher.

He was called up and mobilised for service on 5th August 1914, quickly promoted up the ranks and serving in the Dardenelles. It is quoted that he was invalided back home with 'enteric fever'. He went on and received a commission and was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant of The Liverpool Regiment in September 1917 serving with the British Expeditionary Force from the 1st November in France and Flanders.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 13/The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 

13th (Service) Battalion Formed at Seaforth in September 1914 as part of K3 and attached as Army Troops to 25th Division. February 1915 : transferred to 76th Brigade in same Division. 27 September 1915 : landed at Le Havre. 15 October 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 3rd Division. 23 October 1915 : transferred to 8th Brigade in same Division. 4 April 1916 : transferred to 9th Brigade in same Division.

Action : The Battle of Amiens and associated actions 

8 August - 17 August 1918. This was the battle that turned the tide of the German advance and started the Allied advances that were to culminate in the Armistice three months later. The impact of the defeat at Amiens on German morale cannot be overstated ? they had done all they could yet still the allies, particularly with US troops starting to be deployed to effect, had absorbed everything and were still capable of attacking and beating them.

Detail :

2nd Lieut. 17th (Service) attd. 13th (Service) Battn., The King's (Liverpool Regt.)

He had been involved in heavy fighting early in 1918 where his battalion undertook heavy losses. By June, 1918 he had been invalided home again for a period of three weeks returning to France for his last and fatal action.

He was killed in action west of the railway at Achiet-le-Grand on the 21st August 1918 having been struck by machine gun. His commanding Officer, Major Howard wrote: "I regret to be the bearer of the sad news of your son's death in action on 21 Aug., while leading forward his men in a most gallant manner" It continued, "He was much esteemed by both officers and men, and his death leaves a sad gap".

Lieutenant J. Robson Whittle writes, "I have been told by his men how splendid he was at the time he was killed. Hew was one of the finest types of officer and gentleman, and by his courage, good comradeship and uprightness, made himself beloved by all who knew him."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Corinthian No. 1208 E.C.East Kent
Joined : Castle No. 1436 E.C. East Kent

17th March 1913
21st April 1913
19th May 1913

Joined Corinthian Lodge No. 1208, the second lodge (mother Union Lodge) of his father (Snr) in 1913. His record shows that he was "Killed in Action Aug /16". He joined Castle Lodge No. 1436 at Sandgate on the 12th January 1914. This latter Lodge also shows a KIA annotation in the records, but with a date of death as 23rd August 1918"

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