Bertram George Moody was my 2nd cousin four times removed. We are both descended from John Gill and Elizabeth Munns, my 5th Great Grandparents and his Great Grandparents. While I am descended from John and Elizabeth’s daughter Sarah, Bertram is descended from her sister Alice. Bertram and his brother Ernest were 2 of four grandchildren of Alice Gill who served in the war. Stanley and Herbert Gill, who I have already profiled, were sons of Alice’s son William Gill who was born before she was married, and the Moody brothers were the children of her daughter with her husband Stephen Farrington, Harriet Amelia Farrington.
Harriet was born in 1870 in Edmonton, and married James John Moody, house decorator, when she was 19. Together, they had six children. In the 1911 census, fifteen-year old Bertram was recorded as being in training to be a house decorator like his father and his brother Ernest who was a paper hanger.
I do not have his service record, but I know from the national roll of honour as well as from correspondence with his great-niece that he served in the 4th Leicester Battalion as a signaller. According to the National Roll of Honour, he served at battles of Lens in 1917 and Bethune in 1918.
I would like to thank Bertram’s great niece for giving me permission to use the amazing photo of her family, above.