Bertie was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of George and Emma Sutton. The family were living at 26 Raglan Street, Wolverhampton in 1901, with Bertie and his parents, as well as his sister, Ethel. By 1911, they were at 50 Fisher Street, Wolverhampton, and Bertie had gained three brothers – George, Fred and William. He was a member of the St Mark’s Boys’ Bridge, and once he left school he worked at Sunbeamland.
Bertie enlisted in the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9896). He served in the Balkans from 21 July 1915, but was killed in action at Gallipoli on 22 August 1915. He is remembered on the Helles memorial in Turkey, as well as on the memorial of St Chad and St Mark’s Church. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 16 October 1915.