Rank: Private
Service No: 8617
Date of Death: 13/10/1914
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: Bedfordshire Regiment “C” Coy. 1st Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 10 and 11.

Additional Information:

Born at Linton Cambridgeshire in 1883, son of Henry and Louisa Edlin. 1891: Family at Green Hill Public House Linton, where Henry was Innkeeper. Henry died in early 1892 aged 31, and by the end of the year Louisa had married William Hagger in Lambeth.

1901: Bertram a Grocers assistant was living as a boarder with Arthur Timms (Carpenter/Joiner) and family at 6 Granville Terrace, Granville Road South Woodford.

Bertram joined the regular Army, and was in Gibraltar with 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment during 1909. The 1911 Census shows him in Bermuda where the Battalion was posted from 1910 to 1912, but he was not to be a career soldier. When the war broke out he was employed by the London County Council at Claybury Hospital.

From the relative peace of Woodford he returned to uniform and was posted to 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, arriving in France and with the British Expeditionary Force on 16-08-14.

The Battalion war diary graphically shows the situation he faced during the Battle of La Bassee on 12/13-10-14.

12 Oct 1914 Givenchy-les-la-Basse Left ESSARS in morning early, & proceeded East. Ordered to occupy GIVENCHY. Occupied village & rough trench E. of it without much opposition except a few shells & a little rifle fire. Considerable shelling towards evening, of which a proportion was enfilade fire. Dorsets on our right; line on left unable to advance as far as intended. 17 casualties.

13 Oct 1914 Heavy bombardment of trenches & village all day. About midday cannonade became terrific. Practically every house damaged & neighbourhood of church continually shelled. Our front trenches, in continuation of Dorsets, unable to hold on in afternoon after Dorsets were enfiladed & withdrew. Smoke of shells
& dust of falling houses made it impossible to see clearly what was going on to flanks. Enemy attacked front
flanks & Battn retired about 300 yards in rear of village & reformed on new line holding road to Pont Fixe in continuation of Dorsets. Norfolks on our left. Losses 7 officers & 140 other ranks.

One of those lost was Bertram Edlin.

Memorial: Rolls of Honour. St Mary’s Church. Holy Trinity Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. www.bedfordregiment.org.uk. LCC Record of Service
Qualification: Borough Resident.