Corporal Gordon Bartlett

Born Arthur Gordon Bartlett, 13th April 1894, Montreal, Canada. Lived most of his life in Liverpool when the family decided to return to England. educated at Bedford College before becoming a Clerk in a Liverpool office.

Gordon Volunteered for the Army in August 1914 at the outbreak of war and joined the 1/10th Battalion, The Kings (Liverpool) Regiment. (Liverpool Scottish) with the number of 3010. He entered the theatre of war in November 1914. From letters that he sent home, it would appear that he spent much of his time near or at the front line.

On June 15th 1915 his battalion marched to the front at Bellewaarde for the attack in the early hours of Wednesday 16th. After the course of this battle Gordon was missing and it was presumed he fell in the field of battle, his body could not be found. Lieutenant Chavasse spoke to a man who stated that he saw Gordon killed. In a letter to a Dr Owen, Chavasse wrote about Gordon. [Transcription of Chavasse letter]

In 1927 his family received a letter from a German Medical Officer. In it he described how they found and buried the bodies of three English soldiers, one of them, Gordon. He enclosed a sketch map which shows where they are buried. It is unknown if any members of Gordon's family visited the spot where he fell.

Dr Schwirzke also enclosed some papers found on Gordon's body, including a telegram from his mother stating that his father had been rescued from the liner Lusitania after being sunk by a German submarine in the Irish Sea. (Gordon's father had previously been reported missing).

His name is inscribed on the Menin Gate at Ypres and is also recorded in the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

By kind permission of Perce