Bert was born on 13th April 1895 at 27 Edenham Street in Kensington. As his mother's address was given as 27 Southam Street, Edenham Street may have just been temporary. He was baptised three years later in August 1898.
The 1901 census shows him living with his parents, siblings and grandmother at 27 Southam Street. His father died in November 1901.
He served as a Master Gunner with the R.G.A during WW1 (service number 1405889) and went to France in April 1918 until Armistice Day. I don't have his service record so haven't any idea of what action he was involved in. He also served during WW2.
Towards the end of his life he apparently lived with a man ...... I can't find him on the 1939 Register as he was serving in the forces. Obviously there is no evidence of whether or not it was a platonic relationship or even just a convenient arrangement but I am told it might not have been.
JW's mother took JW to see him in St Lukes Hospital near Kensington where he died of cancer (carcinova of the rectum) aged 55 on 22nd January 1951. His death certificate described him as a Retired Major in the Royal Artillery.
It is strange that I am unable to find any reference to his wife on either the 1939 Register, his death certificate or on his Will as she didn't die until 1964.