Other names: Bertram Edgar
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetHayes, MiddlesexFrance & FlandersMelksham, WilshireSemington, Wiltshire
Story: Bertram Edgar Hillier was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 27 May 1888 the son of George Hillier, a Watchmaker, and Sarah Anne Hillier (nee Aldridge). He lived his early life at 12 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury until by 1911 he had moved to Hayes, Middlesex, where he was working as a Cycle Machinist. He had enlisted on 8 Aug 1914 and joined the Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. MS/2471). He was posted to France and Flanders on 23 Sep 1914 and was employed as a Fitter and Turner. He served in very many units, to many to mention, and was finally discharged on 20 Jun 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He had married Margaret (sometimes known as Mary Magdalen) Bastable in Hayes, Middlesex, on 24 Dec 1917 during a leave period. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 16 Leaze Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, working as a Lorry Driver for a Wholesale Grocer. His death was recorded in Melksham on 15 Feb 1958 and he was buried at the Western Way Cemetery, Semington, Wiltshire. Of his brothers, Alfred, Harold Sydney, Clarence Fred and Reginald George Hillier also served and survived the conflict.