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Bertie Reginald 773 Gotts #038 - 2

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Chuck Newyar, Bertie’s grandson has produced this picture with Bertie’s WW1 medals and badges.

Thanks to Chuck for the information used on these pages

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Bertie signs up for 2nd Norfolk Battn

According to Chuck Newyar, Bertie did not want to go back to the Somme, and decided that Mesopotamia could not be any worse. He signed up with the 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment in August 1916, two months after his second injury. He sailed for Basra, Mesopotamia (now Southern Iraq) in October 1916 to join the Regiment who were fighting there. The campaign had started as protecting the oil refineries and fields around Basra, but then became a way of pursuing another offensive by attacking the Ottoman empire.

In February 1917 the British Army moved north from Basra to retake Kut, further up the Tigris as the first stage of attacking Baghdad.

They decided to cross the Tigris river to the West of Kut, crossing from the South as the way of gaining advantage.

 Photos of the dry run conducted beforehand  c/o IWM

To do this they built boat bridges using canoes. Bertie commanded a pontoon boat during the battle of Shumran bend on February 23rd 1917 and ferried 12 loads of soldiers across under fire.

Click here for Bertie's home life

 A copy of his lengthy WW1 diary is at the Royal Norfolk Regiment museum.