BERTIE, Joseph

Service Number: 1073
Enlisted: 1 July 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Vic., 1885
Home Town: Port Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Marist Brothers College Bendigo
Occupation: Stevedore, Miner
Died: 28 May 1969, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Bendigo Public Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Bendigo Marist Brothers College Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

1 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1073, 29th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
10 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 1073, 29th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
10 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 1073, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Mrs. E BERTIE, 162  Station Street, Port Melbourne, Vic.

Military Medal

'On the 24th October, 1916, during operations in the SOMME area, Private BERTIE's platoon was engaged in digging a communication trench just behind the firing line under a steady shell fire. His section leader and three men were killed by shells but the example of cheerfulness and fearlessness displayed by Private BERTIE under these trying conditions was such that he reassured the rest of the men and the work was carried through.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Sergeant Joseph Bertie, who has been nominated in connection with the Apollonic competition at Port Melbourne, came from Bendigo as a youth to Port Melbourne, where, before  the war, he followed the calling of a stevedore's laborer. He enlisted shortly after the outbreak of hostilities, and was awarded tho Military Medal for gallantry in the field at Amiens. Some of his friends in the Navy have nominated Lieutenant Frank Knight, R-A-N.