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UPCRAFT , Bertie / Burton



Reference Name LP31200

Conflict Commemorated:WWI

Last Name:UPCRAFT

First Name:Bertie / Burton

Age At Death:24

Residence:Boston

Rank:Private

Service Number:3476

Regiment/ Service:Lincolnshire Regiment

Unit:4th Bn.

Date of Death:15/09/1915

Cause of Death:Killed in action

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY West-Vlaanderen

Country:Belgium

Panel/ Bay/ Grave:7. A. 8.

UK Memorials:Boston St. James Men's Club, George St (Lost)

Next of Kin:Son of the late Captain and Mrs. Upcraft, of Vauxhall Road, Skirbeck.

Biographical Notes:Boston Lad Killed AFTER TWELVE HOURS IN THE TRENCHES The news has been received in Boston this week to the effect that Pte Bertie (Dick) Upcraft, son of the late Capt. Upcraft and Mrs. Upcraft who lived in Trinity Street has been killed at the front. The young fellow who was in the 2/4th Lincs. Regt., had only been in the trenches some twelve hours before he was shot through the head. He enlisted after the outbreak of the war at Lincoln, where he was employed, and was drafted to the front about three weeks ago. He was 24 years of age. His sister Mrs. Edwards, who resides on Vauxhall Road, has received the following letter from the deceased man's commanding officer. September 26th. "Dear Mrs. Edwards, I deeply regret having to report that your brother Pte, Upcraft, was killed in action yesterday. He was shot through the head and died instantly. He only joined mu company a few days ago, but Sergt. Sawyer, his Platoon Sergeant, speaks very highly of him. He was on duty at the time in the firing trench. We all deeply sympathise with you in your great sorrow - Yours sincerely, Chas S Gray, Capt, OC. "a" Coy, 4th Lincs Regt." Boston Guardian 25 September 1915 - page 9.

Sources Used:GJ 19151016-KIA [CR] / Boston Guardian 25 September 1915 - page 9. inc photo.

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