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.
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.
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.