In Flanders Fields…. Bertram Dainty

John Bertram ‘Bertie’ DAINTY

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Bertie Dainty

Bertie Dainty

Rank: Private
Service No: 49827 formerly 15129 11/Essex Regiment
Regiment/Service: Lincolnshire Regiment – 2nd Battalion
Died: 19/10/1918, aged 19
Cemetery: Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France – Grave: VIII. C. 18.
War Office Information: Son of Mr. J. T. Dainty, of Red House, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

John Thomas & Hilda Dainty were part of a large family of Daintys who lived in and around Geddington. According to Monica Rayne in her book ‘Geddington as it was’ in 1881 there were 24 Daintys in the village.  When their son was born in 1899 he was, as was tradition then, given his father’s name but with so many Johns and Thomases ‘Bertie’ inevitably became the new baby’s nickname. By 1910 the family had moved to the Red House, the last dwelling on the old Stamford Turnpike Road.

Bertie’s story is remarkable. Private Dainty joined the army in September 1914 as Kitchener’s call to arms came through. He was only 15 and lied about his age to enable him to enlist. After 12 months training with 11th Essex regiment he was drafted to France in September 1915 and in 8 months of active service fought at the Battle of Loos.

He was discharged as under age in April 1916 but rejoined in October 1917 with the 2nd Lincolns

In October 1918 came the news that he was a prisoner of war, having been reported missing since June of that year. His whereabouts were not clear but it was believed he was in Germany. His parents continued to make enquiries and finally in the spring of 1919 his parents were informed that he had died the previous October while a prisoner of war, having been captured on 27th May 1918 near Beri au Bac.

He died in hospital at Charleville of bronchitis and likely malnutrition.

1901 Census: 1, Grainger Row, Kettering
John Dainty (father); Aged 24; shoe maker; b. Geddington
Hilda Dainty (mother): Aged 22; Kettering
John B Dainty; Aged 1; b. Kettering
Florence Dainty (sister); Aged 2 months; b. Kettering

1911 Census: West Street, Geddington
John Thomas Dainty (father); Aged 34; carrier general – married 12 years
Hilda Dainty (mother); Aged 32; b. Wellingborough
Bertie Dainty; Aged 11
Maud Dainty (sister); Aged 9; b. Kettering
Nellie Dainty (sister); Aged 7; b. Kettering
Olive Dainty (sister); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Alexander Dainty (brother); Aged 2; b. Geddington