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14148 Private in the Norfolk Regt.
Bertie Reginald 773 married Olive 776 Dowsing in 1925 and they emigrated to Canada in about 1921.
Bertie fought in France in WWI, was gassed in France, later went to fight in Mesopotamia against the Turks. When on leave he travelled in India.
Bertie Gotts and Olive Dowsing married and moved to Canada, establishing a homestead near Abernethy, Saskatchewan.
During the Second World War, Bertie was a camp guard at a German POW camp in the Kananaskis area of Alberta, about 60 km west of Calgary. After that he became a diesel engine engineer, and worked at the Steep Rock mine in Atikokan, Ontario, where they retired.
Bertie and Olive died around 1980. Their ashes were taken back to Stiffkey where they came from by their son Robert. Their family live in Canada.
This is Bertie’s record card. It shows he first served in France in April 1915 and was demobbed 30 March 1919, so fighting for the whole of the war.
Unfortunately his service record does not seem to have survived, so the information available is limited. However, the Norfolk Regimental Museum has provided us with this from the Norfolk Regiment Casualty and Sickness Book, p.35A
Private B.R. Gotts no.14148: 1 Battalion
Gunshot wound chest & gas fumes,
Australian Hospital, Wimereux, France, 7.6.1916,
Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, 4.8.1916. (ie back home until recovered)
So he must have been based in Ireland when the war started, was mobilised in August, served in many of the key battles (Mons, Marne, Aisne) until wounded. He then joined the 2 Bn in Mesopotamia for the rest of the war.