Bertie is remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London.


Born: 24th November 1888, Brightlingsea, Essex.

Died: 5th May 1918; age: 29; Died of Wounds.

Residence: Ipswich.

Employed: with Great Eastern Railway – entered May 1903, as Probationary Clerk at Brightlingsea. In 1904, Bertie was appointed Clerk – District Superintendent’s Office, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich. Joined the Colours and volunteered for active service November 1915.


Rank: Sapper/Signalman; Service Number: 527968.

Regiment: Royal Engineers, Signal Coy, 49th Division.

Formerly 885577- Gunner – Royal Field Artillery, and 1633- Gunner – Royal Field Artillery.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Arneke British Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Shadrach Baker Sparling and Grace Sparling, of 48 Tower Street, Brightlingsea, Essex.




1891   New Street, Brightlingsea, Essex.


Bertie was 2 years old and living with his mother & sisters.

Grace Sparling (Barnes), 26, born Brightlingsea.

May Sparling, 4, born Brightlingsea.

Grace Sparling, 3, born Brightlingsea.


1901   48, Tower Street, Brightlingsea, Essex.


Bertie was 12 years old and living with his mother and siblings.

Grace, 37.

Grace, 13.

Phyllis Sparling, 9, born Brightlingsea.

Shed Sparling, 7, born Brightlingsea.

Cyril Sparling, 4, born Brightlingsea.


1911   12, Cromwell Street, Ipswich.


Bertie was 22 years old, a Clerk – Railway. He was a Boarder at the family home of 30 year old, Robert Kemp, a Shop Assistant – Jeweller.


Bertie’s father, Shadrach Baker Sparling, born 1862, Brightlingsea, was a Mariner/Steward. He was away from home on the night of the census.

1891 – a Steward on board ‘Thalatta,’ a steam yacht. Captain Frederick Cross.

1901 – a Steward on board ‘Shuna,’ a steam yacht in the harbour at Southwich. Captian Frederick Cross.


Probate to Shadrach Baker Sparling – father, of 48, Tower Street, Brightlingsea, Essex.


Bertie is also remembered on the war memorial at Brightlingsea, Essex.

Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society

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