Bertie was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of William and Rose Hannah or Rosannah Eden. In 1911, he was living with his widowed mother, sister Annie and brother James at 323 Prestwood Road, Heath Town. He was a labourer, and at some point he wirked at the Culwell Works of Messrs. J. Evans and Sons.
He enlisted in the 8th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 31875). However, on 12 October 1917 he was shot by an enemy sniper in Belgium and killed. He is remembered at the Poelcapelle British Cemetery, as well as on the Heath Park memorial. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 10 November 1917.