6th Battalion, Royal Berks
1st July 1916

Gallery - C.S.M. (Acting R.S.M.) Henry James Bartholomew, D.C.M. winner on 1st July, 1916

Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry during operations, when he organised and maintained a constant supply of ammunition and bombs, and on many occasions went fearlessly through the enemies heavy barrage, utterly indifferent to personal danger."

Henry Bartholomew was killed on 8th May, 1917, aged 37. Upon his death a comrade wrote:- "Rest assured that he suffered no pain, being killed instantaneously with three others, by a Hun shell. You may be comforted in the knowledge that he was a good soldier, friend and comrade, and a brave man."

In a letter, the adjutant states:- "He was killed instantaneously, while standing outside a dugout to see to the issue of rations. I cannot tell you how much we all miss him, and how deeply we sympathise with your loss. He was a splendid fellow, as brave as could be, and he always did his duty to the entire satisfaction of all whom he came into contact. He went into action with us on many trying occasions, and always acquitted himself splendidly. During very trying periods at ?? and ?? he encouraged men and set them a grand example by his bravery and devotion to duty. His loss is a severe one to his Battalion, and especially to the C.O., and to me, who knew his value best. The Brigadier sent a line to say how deeply he regarded the loss of such a brave fellow and splendid Sgt Maj. He was known and admired throughout the Brigade. Shortly before his death a recommendation was sent in for permanent promotion to the rank of 1st Class Warrant Officer."

Another member of the Regiment said of him that:- "he was very cool in somewhat hot corners and undoubtedly a brave man."


 Partial Service History:
Joined Royal Berkshire regt. 17/05/1898 at Reading. Shown as "Farm Labourer", height 5'9".
30/06/99 L/Cpl.
19/02/01 Cpl.
15/09/02 L/Sgt.
10/08/04 Sgt.
03/06/05 Transferred to the Army Reserve
04/03/10 Re-engaged
16/05/14 Discharged having served 8 Years and 347 Days

Home 17/05/1898 - 27/01/1900
Gibraltar 28/01/1900 - 28/10/1902
Home 27/10/1902 - 29/01/1904
West Africa 30/01/1904 - 03/09/1905
Home 04/09/1905 - 16/05/1914

Defaulters Sheet 30.09.1901 in Gibraltar whilst a Cpl.:-
Neglect of duty when in command of a section, allowing church service hymns to be sung in the canteen contrary to orders when on canteen duty.
Witness Lt HOPTON.

Defaulter sheet 22.01.1904 in Woking:-
Abandonment of Barracks.
When Company Orderly Sgt, drunk and causing a disturbance in a Public House known as the Robin Hood.
Witness Sgt Maj BEATTY.
Forfeiture of L/Sgt Stripe.

Embarked for West Africa 30.01.1904 for duty with the Gold Coast Regiment.

Entitled to the 1914/15 Star, BWM, VM.

Went to France on the 25.07.1915.

N.B. Thanks to "Mac" of the Kitchener Battalions of the Royal Berks. project for the photo and information on this page. Mac is currently researching DCM winners in the regiment and would welcome any information you may have - please email if you can help and your message will be passed on to him.

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