Bertram Wood was born in Lye but was living in Halesowen when he enlisted in the Worcesters. He went to the 3rd Battalion which was involved in all the main battles on the Western Front. On the 21st March 1918 they were ordered to move forward to counter the first German Spring offensive which started at St. Quentin. Attempted counter-attacks failed and the Worcesters were driven back over the old Somme battlefield. They were transferred to Ploegsteert Wood where they faced the second German offensive on the Lys on the 9th April. Overwhelming German forces advanced and more heavy casualties were taken. Private Bertram Wood was killed in action on the 12th April and is buried in Cabaret Rouge Cemetery near Souchez (XX C 14).and is commemorated on the Halesowen Memorial.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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