Bert Gould was born in High Ham and was Baptised there on the 25 May 1890. He was one of eight children.
By 1901 the family had moved to Drayton and his father, Joseph was a carter on the farm at Midelney. Ten years later, they were still living in Drayton and Bert was working for a withy merchant.
Bert enlisted in the West Somerset Yeomanry and was killed on the
8 November 1917. He is buried at the Kantara War memorial Cemetery.
On the same day, Bert’s father received a telegram saying that Corporal B Gould of the 12th Light Infantry is reported dangerously wounded after receiving a gun shot wound to his right arm. He had been wounded on the 6th November in an attack on strong Turkish position in Palestine.
On the 17th November, a letter was sent to Mrs Gould from the Chaplain expressing his sorrow at having to write such bad news that Bert had died on the 8 November, shortly after the gun shot wound. He went on to say that
“He has died like a brave soldier and laid down his life for his country.”
Bert’s family arrived in New York on 7 March 1921, sailing from Liverpool.