Other names: Bertram James
Locations in this story: Stour Provost, DorsetStour Row, Shaftesbury, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersItaly
Story: Bertram James Pike was born at Stour Provost, Dorset, on 18 Jan 1883 and baptised at Stour Row Church, Dorset, on 29 Jan 1883 the son of James Pike and Julia Agnes Christina Pike (nee Bastable). He lived his early life in and around the Stour Row, Shaftesbury, area. He became a wheelwright like his father and married Lucy Maria White at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 17 Feb 1908. They went on to have one child. Bertram enlisted on 10 Dec 1915 and was placed on reserve until mobilized on 30 Apr 1917 when he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner Wheelwright. (Service No. 158683). He served in both France and Italy, the latter period with the 438th Siege Battery, and was discharged on 28 Mar 1919 having been awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He went on to live at Higher Duncliffe, Stour Provost, until the 1939 Register which shows him then residing at 8 St James Street, Shaftesbury, and working as a Builder. His wife died in 1943 and he subsequently re-married Violet Coombs in 1951 in Shaftesbury. He died on 11 Jan 1954 whilst living at 25 Bimport, Shaftesbury.