|Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys Regiment)||31971||1/6th Battalion|
Bertram Sheldon worked in the Factory and he left for military service on 29th October 1915 aged eighteen years old. He was born in Bonsall and his father also worked at Lea Mills as an overlooker.
It is clear that the Company did not know of his death in December 1916, when their records listed him as ‘missing’. Even in the lists compiled by the Company of applications for returns after the War continued to list him as ‘missing.
He is remembered on the Lea Mills Memorial and inside St James's Church, Bonsall
On the original, badly damaged, Lea Mills Roll of Honour there used to be a small photograph of Bert. This would probably have been taken from the set of three postcards produced showing most of the volunteers. The only possible unidentified Sherwood Forester photograph from that set is as follows:
Medal Card Index
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Derby Daily Telegraph 29 November 1916
Sheldon 31971 B (Bonsall)
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 2 December 1916
WOUNDED, NOW REPORTED WOUNDED AND MISSING
Sherwood Foresters– Sheldon 31971 (Bonsall)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
|Date of Death||08/10/16|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A|
Bertram is remembered on several war memorials –
Photos Peter Patilla
1901: Slaley, Bonsall
|John||Sheldon||Head||49||Hosiery work examiner||Bonsall|
|Elizabeth||Sheldon||daughter||24||Winder cotton mill||Bonsall|
1911: Slaley, Bonsall
|John||Sheldon||Head||59||Overlooker hosiery factory||Bonsall|