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Bertie Mattox was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Edward and Mary Ann Mattox. In 1901, they were living at 24 High Street, Wednesfield, along with Bertie’s brother, Frank. By 1911, his father, Edward, was a patient at Stafford County Lunatic Asylum, where he died about 18 months later at around the age of 46. Bertie’s mother, Mary, moved to 3 Court, 2 High Street, and Bertie was working as an ink maker for Mander Brothers. Bertie married Louisa Kennett in 1913, and they had two sons, Bert, the following year, and Horace in 1917.

Bertie enlisted in the North Staffordshire Regiment, before being transferred to the 13th Battalion of The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) (number 235162). He was killed in action on 23 September 1917 during the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendale). He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. He also appears on the Mander Brothers memorial, the Wednesfield Village memorial and the memorial at Heath Park.

The Mattox family were largely key makers and a feature of the Wednesfield village community. Most family members can be traced back to Moses Mattox born in Wednesfield in 1750. Some sources state that Mattox is a derivation of Mattocks. Bert’s grandfather, another Moses, was brother to John Mattox who established the successful firm of John Mattox & Sons, Key Manufacturers, at Colonial Works on Amos Lane, a building that survives as flats today.