Private Bertram Kitcher
Birth: January 6, 1887 in Southampton, England
Death: October 12, 1918 in France
Regimental Number: 760736
Bertram Kitcher enlisted in New Westminster on January 6, 1916 - his 29th birthday - giving his occupation as carpenter. At the time, he lived with his wife, Clara, in Steveston.
Prior to Bertram's emigration to Canada, he had served four years with the 4th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment in England. Upon enlistment, he joined the 121st Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and embarked on the Empress of Britain, arriving in Liverpool on August 4, 1916. He proceeded to France, having transferred to the 54th Battalion, and arrived December 13, 1916. During 1917, Bertram was hospitalized several times, for influenza, and a prolonged stay for blood poisoning due to scratches from barbed wire. He was killed in action in France on October 12, 1918. His widow, Clara, returned to Hampshire, England, after his death. She was given a war gratuity of $100 as well as the scroll and plaque, by the Canadian government.
History of the Road Name (Kitcher Place):
- Council Resolution to list as potential road name: January 8, 1990 (Road in Section 35-5-6)
- Council Resolution to adopt road name: More research needed.