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Bert was born in 1889 in Coseley, the son of William and Mary Ann Caddick. In 1901, he was living with his widowed mother and sister Edith Caddick at 13 Foundry Street, Sedgley. By 1911, his mother had remarried, to a Samuel Haynes, and Bert was living with them, his step-brother Joseph Haynes and step-sister Maud Haynes, at 35 Darkhouse Lane, Coseley. Bert had become a labourer at an iron foundry. On 26 May 1912, Bert married Alice Ellen Taylor in Bilston, and they had a daughter, Amy, born on 6 March 1914.

On 2 November 1914, Bert enlisted with the 94th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery (service number 49784), by which date his trade was given as gas worker. His wife’s address was given as 20 Royal Oak, High Street, Bilston, and later 31 Temple Street, Bilston. He became a gunner. He was invalided to England on 1 April 1917, but recovered, only to be killed in action on 26 October 1917 in France. He is buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery in Belgium, and is remembered on the Bilston High Town Ward and New Town Ward Rolls of Honour