865851 Pte. E. O. F. Bertelsen 44th C.E.F.
British War Medal and Victory Medal to 865851 Private Edvin Oluf Frederik Bertelsen
Died of wounds received in action on October 27th 1917
Edvin Oluf Frederik Bertelsen was born on on July 22nd 1897, on the 2nd floor of Gothersgade 36 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
His father was plummer Alexander Christian Isidor Bertelsen, born February 20th 1874 in Copenhagen. His mother was Alexandra Andrea Henriette Bertelsen (Born Voer), born October 4th 1875 in Copenhagen.
On July 1st 1909, Edvin's father died only 35 years old, leaving Edvin's mother Alexandra alone with four children (Carlo, Edvin, Ingolf and Orla). The family lived at Gulbergsgade 39, 4th floor at the time.
At first Edvin listed his mother in Denmark as his next of kin. But it seems that he was forced to add another next of kin, as he didn't know his mother's address at the time. Instead he listed his friend, Jonathon Wilson from Hargrave (She was actually living at Amagergade 11 in Copenhagen at the time.)
Edvin was attached No. 1 section of the 10th Canadian Machine Gun Company on October 13th 1917. It was with this outfit he went into action on October 26th 1917, during the Second Battle for Passchendaele (3).
| Photo of a similar Canadian Machine Gun Company durin the Second Battle for Passechendaele
The 10th Canadian Machine Gun Company supported the 46th Battalion defending the postition near Decline Copse, when the Germans launched a major counter-attack at 4:43 p.m. The Germans attacked from Crest Farm, Passechendaele, and Tiber House. The Canadians were greatly outnumbered.
It was probably during one of the German counter-attacks that day, that Edvin bacame a casualty. He was hit be shrapnel in the chest and right leg. He was evacuated to the Dressing Station and later to No. 8th Canadian Field Ambulance, where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.
He was burried at Vlamertinghe New Militray Cemetery near Ypres.
| Edvin's final resting place in Belgium. Vlamertinge new Military Cemetery XI,. F. 12.
|(1) - Danish Police People Records for Copenhagen.
(2) - Danish church entries and census.
(3) - E. O. F. Bertelsen's service record and attestation papers.
(4) - Daniel Dancock Legacy of Valour - the Canadians at Passchendaele
(5) - Certificate of Death