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Date of Birth
Date of Death
4 May 1917
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Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Bertram Norman Birchmore, 47452, 23rd Northumberland Fusiliers, died as a prisoner of war of the Germans on May 4th, 1917. He had been captured with a back wound and in a delirious state on April 29th. He was aged 29.
His widow Gertrude, of 34 Ivy Road, Luton, had been appealing for information about what had happened to her missing husband. It was more than four months before official information arrived that he had died as a prisoner of war.
Pte Birchmore had enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery (No. 166578) in September 1916 before being transferred to the infantry and being sent to Whitchurch in November. He went to France in January 1917.
Prior to joining up, he was employed as a packer by hat manufacturers Vyse, Sons & Co, of Bute Street, Luton. In the 1911 Census he is recorded as living with parents William James and Joan Birchmore at 209 Park Street, Luton.
Bertram Birchmore married Gertrude Lawrence at St Mary's Parish Church, Luton, on April 3rd, 1915. They had a daughter, Laura, born in 1916.
At the time of his death,Gertrude was living at 34 Ivy Road, Luton. The address on his prisoner of war records is given as 107 Oak Road, Luton. Gertrude was later living at 35 Dallow Road, Luton.