Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
27 Mar 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Pte Bertie Bleaney, 201383, 4th Essex Regiment, was reported missing, later killed in action, in Palestine on March 27th, 1917. Confirmation of his death was not received by his family until more than a year later.
Born in Houghton Regis in 1895, he had been working on a local farm until joining up with the Beds Regiment soon after the outbreak of war. He had been transferred to the Essex Regiment before he went to Egypt and Palestine.
A son of Walter and Annie Bleaney, Bertie was living with his family at 9 High Street, Houghton Regis, at the time of the 1911 Census, working as a 15-year-old errand boy. News of his death was sent to 59 Duke Street, Luton, where his family were then living.
Bertie is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial.