Remembered with Honour: Le Touret Memorial BERTIE BAKER AVIL was born in Hardingstone in 1894 to George and Emma Avil (nee Old) who were married in 1873 at Hardingstone. This was father George’s second marriage having originally married Caroline Samwell in 1862 raising two boys and three girls before Caroline died in 1872.
The 1901 census produces some anomolies showing Bertie living with George and Emma in Hardingstone under the title of “grandson” (not “son”) aged 3 (should this not be 7) with “uncles” (“brothers”?) Alfred aged 27, Charles 25 and Arthur 20.
The 1911 census reveals another variation of the surname (in George’s own handwriting) as Avill and the family still resides in Hardingstone. George and Emma stated that they had been married for 38 years and had ten children, all still surviving. Father George is a carpenter on the Bouverie Estate, son Alfred a Horsekeeper, William and Charles were Builders Labourers, Arthur and James General Labourers on the farm and 17 year old Albert also a General Labourer, now being classified as a son!
Bertie enlisted in the 1st Battalion of Northamptonshire Regiment and after training was sent to the Front Line in France on 3 April 1915. Sadly, within a month, he had fallen at the Battle of Aubers Ridge and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.