Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Underwood, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

General information


Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
 —  Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), 17th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Bulgar Road, Zandvoorde, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 100

Distinctions and medals 3

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

From the 20th to the 25th of September 1917, the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge was fought. Private Bert Anthony (17th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), 117th Brigade, 39th Division) was killed in action on the 20th of September 1917.
On that day the battalions of the 117th Brigade attacked the German positions at Bulgar Wood. The assembly was carried out well, and was completed 2 hours before Zero hour. While at the assembly position at Shrewsbury Forrest, the 117th Brigade was shelled and suffered a few casualties.
The Division attacked with one Brigade at Zero hour, 5.40 a.m. The 17th Sherwood Foresters led the way, supported by the 16th Sherwood Foresters and the 16th Rifle Brigade. The 17th King’s Royal Rifle Corps were in reserve. Shortly after 17th Sherwood Foresters left their positions the Battalion suffered about 20 casualties, due to heavy shellfire. Nevertheless the 17th Sherwood Foresters pushed on to the Western edge of Bulgar Wood, capturing several blockhouses on their way. The Battalion started consolidating the Red Line on the edge of Bulgar Wood.
At 7 a.m. the attack was resumed by the 17th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. They moved through Bulgar Wood and captured and held the Blue Line on the eastern outskirts of the devastated forest. All objectives were reached and three German counter-attacks were dispersed in the afternoon by artillery and small-arms fire.
Private Bert Anthony was killed in action during the attack on Bulgar Wood. His remains were never recovered or they weren’t identified. Private Bert Anthony is remembered on Tyne Cot Memorial.

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McCarthy C., The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account, (London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995), pg. 69-71.
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