Bertram Edgar Spark

Bertram Edgar Spark served as a rifleman with the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s Westminster regiment.

He was the only son of Edgar and Ella Mary Spark, of 13 Warner Road, Bromley in Kent.

Prior to war he had taken up an appointment at Lloyd’s Royal Exchange, London E.C. which would have remained open for him, had he survived the war.

His obituary noted that he was very fond of sports, especially football, cycling, and swimming.

He attested as a volunteer at 18 years of age and called up on 26th January, 1917. He went to France on 21st August, 1917 aged 19 years and 2 months. He was in the great Tank advance of 20th November, 1917 His regiment held Bourlon Wood without relief. After reorganisation of his regiment, he returned to the lines after a brief rest.

He was killed by a German shell which burst in the trench and killed on 16th December 1916.

In late 1918 he was interred in Roclincourt British Military Cemetery in France.

Rifleman Bertram Edgar Spark - 1917

CWGC entry
Service Number: 554118
Obituary – Bromley & District Times, 4th January 1918 (page 5)
Named on Bromley War memorial – Bromley & District Times, 3rd February 1922/23 (page 3, 5)

More references for him can be found on our Military Ancestors website

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