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