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Bertram was born in North Shields in 1890 to the Reverend Robert, MA, and Elizabeth Hewson Raggett of Gateshead. He was the eldest brother of Shallett Hewson, Annie Lucinia, John Lawrence and Gilbert Edward.
He was apprenticed to Parsons Turbine Works as an Engineering Apprentice. After the completion of this apprenticeship, he worked for North Eastern Railway as a locomotive fitter.
Bertram served as a motorcycle despatch rider in the Royal Engineers Signal Service from August 1914 till October 1916, and was then commissioned into the RFC in on 19th January 1917. Bertram enlisted in response to a call to motorcyclists to go to France with their own motorcycle which the Army purchased if it met Army specifications. The scheme offered volunteers a chance to join the fighting straightaway, which was attractive when some suggested the war would be over by Christmas.
Bertram was killed in action at Poperinghe, Belgium on 5th January 1918 aged 27.
6 Claremont Terrace, Newcastle On Tyne (place of residence as entered in the 1911 census)
Bertram is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Bertram's name is inscribed on a panel in St. John the Baptist's Church, Newcastle upon Tyne.
UK Census registers, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
UK Military Service Records, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
Newcastle University Archives (Roll of Service, Armstrong College Calendars, The Northerner Student Magazine)
North East War Memorials Project
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
National Archives WO 339/72921
"The Motor Cycle" weekly paper dated 10 Sept 1914
Sophie Anderton, Ian Johnson, Holly Johnson, Amy Shiel, Nick Shelley
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