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Bertie was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of John and Elizabeth Kendrick. In 1901 he was living with his parents at 36 Merridale Street, Wolverhampton, along with brothers Fred and John. By 1911 they are at 29 Merridale Street (although Bertie is now listed as “Albert”), together with brothers Frederick and William and sister Elizabeth. By now the 15-year-old Bertie had become a locksmith.

He enlisted with the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3077 and 240630), first serving in France from 28 June 1915. but was killed in action on 1 July 1916. He is commemorated at the Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery Foncquevillers (although his service number is incorrectly listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site as 240638).