Other names: Bertie
Locations in this story: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetWest Stour, DorsetFrance & FlandersShaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Bertie Merefield was born on 27 Nov 1889 in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Frederick and Mary Ellen Merefield. The family lived in North Street, Fontmell, Magna, Dorset. By the outbreak of war Bertie had moved to Church Farm, West Stour, Dorset, where he was employed as a Wheelwright. He enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 but was not mobilized until 16 Nov 1916 when he joined the Royal Engineers. (Service No. 212394). He served in France and Flanders eventually becoming an Acting Lance Corporal. He was discharged on 14 Oct 1919. (Note his military records show him as Bertram but he was registered as Bertie.) No medal records have been found though it is inconceivable he did not receive any awards. He married Dorothy May P. Yeatman in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1928. It is not know if there were any children of the marriage. By the 1939 Register he was living at Restmor, Pitts Lane, Shaftesbury, working as a General Carpenter. He died locally in 1974.