Other names: Arthur Bertie
Locations in this story: Tollard Royal, WiltshireLong Critchel, Wimborne, DorsetThe BalkansDorchester, Dorset
Story: Arthur Bertie Alner was born in Tollard Royal during 1892 the son of William Alner and Maria Alner (nee Whitmarsh). He lived all his early life in the Tollard Royal area until by 1911 the family had moved to Long Critchel, Wimborne, Dorset. He had enlisted on 6 Apr 1915 with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 13054). He had served with the 5th Battalion in the Balkans where he had received wounds and had eventually been discharged as being medically unfit for further service on 12 May 1917. He was awarded the Silver War Badge No. 173810 as well as the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 1915 Star. It is possible due to his wounds that he was admitted in time to the Herrison Mental Hospital, Dorchester, Dorset, where he was a patient per the 1939 Register. His death was recorded in Dorchester on 8 Feb 1961. His brothers, George William Alner, Harry John Alner and Douglas Walter Alner, also served in the conflict.