Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Bertie Showell
10th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own)
Year of Birth
Date of Death
Bertie Showell was born in January 1880 in Tamworth. The son of John William Showell and his wife Elizabeth, Private Showell enlisted into the 10th battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own), service number 15695, and was killed in action on 1 July 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
By 1911 Bertie and his parents were living on Maxstoke Lane, Coleshill, and Bertie was working as a Brick Layer's Labourer.
Coleshill Chronicle 29th July 1916 "Private B. Showell, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs Showell, Maxstoke Lane, Coleshill, has been officially reported missing since July 1st.”
Coleshill Chronicle 12th August 1916 Mr and Mrs Showell, of Maxstoke Lane, Coleshill, have received official intimation that their son, Private Showell, 10th West Yorks., who had previously been reported missing, was killed in action on July 1st in France. Private Albert Green and Private Joseph Keatley, who enlisted with Private Showell and joined the same regiment soon after the outbreak of the war, were taken prisoners during the same engagement. Their parents have received postcards from Dulmen, Germany, where the two prisoners of war are at present interned.
Coleshill Chronicle 30th June 1917 IN MEMORIAM SHOWELL – In loving memory of our dear son, Bert, who was killed in action on July 1st, 1916. He nobly answered his country’s call. SHOWELL – In loving memory of our dear brother, Bert, who was killed in action on July 1st, 1916. From his loving sister and brother, Maud and Harry. SHOWELL – In loving memory of our dear brother, Bert, who fell in action, July 1st, 1916. Silently mourned by brother Charlie, wife, and daughter Daisy. His country called – he answered with his life.