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Bertie Mattox was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Edward and Mary Mattox. In 1901, they were living at 24 High Street, Wednesfield, along with Bertie’s brother, Frank. By 1911, Bertie was working as an ink maker for Mander Brothers. He married Louisa Kennett in 1913, and they had two sons, Bert, the following year, and Horace in 1917.

Bertie enlisted in the 13th Battalion of The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) (number 235162). He was killed in action on 23 September 1917, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. He also appears on the Mander Brothers memorial and the memorial at Heath Park.