Born: 28th November 1896, Ipswich.

Baptised: 28th November 1897, Ipswich. Parents: William Robert & Laura Lavinia Collis.

Died: 20th December 1915; age 19; Died of Wounds following the bursting of a shell – at No.10 Casualty Clearing Station.

Enlistment Date: 1st September 1914 – Suffolk Yeomanry. Bertram was studying to be an Optician when war broke out.

Commissioned 3rd Suffolk Regiment, Special Reserve – 17th February 1915.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th September 1915.


Wounded in the thigh 19th December 1915, after the wound was dressed he returned to his position and was wounded again by a bursting of a shell.


Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion, attached 9th (Service) Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & the 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Laura Collis, of Heath Lodge, Nacton Road, Ipswich.




1901   St. Andrew’s Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Bertram was 4 years old and living with his brother at the home of their aunt, uncle & cousin.

Edward Samuel Smith, 39, a House Furnisher – employer, born Bury St. Edmunds.

Annie Rosina Smith (nee Cooke), 32, born Southwark, Nottinghamshire.

Olive Gwendoline Smith, 12, born Bury St. Edmunds.

Leslie Wilfred Collis, 7, born Ipswich.

1 servant.


1911   Heath Lodge, Nacton Road, Ipswich.


Bertram was 14 years old he was living with his parents & brother.

William Robert Collis, 46, a Goldsmith & Jeweller – Shopkeeper – employer, born Bury St. Edmunds.

Laura Lavina Collis (nee Cooke), 40, born Peterborough, Northamptonshire.

Leslie, 17, a Medical Student.

1 domestic servant.


Bertram attended Ipswich School member of O.T.C.


Bertram’s medals were sent to his mother, Mrs L.L. Collis, at ‘Heath Lodge’, Nacton Road, Ipswich.




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