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OCKWELL, Bertram Leslie (1899-1958) – Royal Warwickshire Regiment

PS-OCKWELL%20Bertram%20Leslie.jpgPrivate Bertram Leslie Ockwell (1899-1958) moved to Wickhamford after his period of service in the war.  He was born in Poulton, near Cirencester, in Gloucestershire.

Bertram served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (No 35956); only the records for his medals remain.  He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal, so, if he served in France, it would have been after 1915.  He left England in 1927 for a new life as a tobacco farmer in Southern Rhodesia, but the climate and an attack of malaria led to his return the following year.  At some time he was a poultry farmer and a milkman but eventually ran The Sandys Arms in the village from around 1932 until after the Second World War, before moving away from the area.  He married, in 1930, Margaret Kathleen Careless, who was a nanny and then a cook at Wickhamford Manor.