ONE FAMILY’S TERRIBLE LOSS
Bertie, 36 DIED MARCH 25, 1918
Shot as he led an attack, pistol in one hand, swagger stick in the other, in the Somme valley. Ferdinand Foch, the French commander, told Scots troops: “He lives today in your hearts and in the hearts of all men who revere heroism. His name will prove an inspiration to all who fight the battle of liberty.”
CHARLIE, 26 DIED DECEMBER 19, 1914
Killed in action near Givenchy, he is the only brother to have no grave. His name is listed at the Le Touret Military Cemetery.
In her, diary, his
mother’s cousin Jean Hamilton, wrote: “He was recommended by his Colonel for gallantry and daring – loved by all his colleagues for his cheerful, helpful nature, and a certain cool, aloof wellbalanced judgement.
“His men would and did follow him everywhere.”
RONNIE, 31 DIED OCTOBER 8, 1915
Shot by a German sniper on the French frontline.
Jean Hamilton wrote: “His genial, sunny nature, and a touch of daredevil recklessness about him,
appealed. He was very popular.” He had been caught in a sniper’s sights as he passed through a trench not far from where his brother Charlie had died.
TEDDIE, 21 DIED MARCH 16, 1918
The Royal Flying Corp pilot, who flew missions at the Somme, died in a test flight crash near Winchester.
A nurse wrote to his parents: “His was a beautiful face, and I am sure he was good and true and knightly.”
Jean Hamilton wrote: “Now Teddie has gone too, Little Ben as his brothers called him, and his mother’s ‘Honey Bee’, for he was all sweetness to her.”