Biography of Private Gerald Bertram Barstow (1000810)
Manitoba Regiment (44th Battalion)
Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force
Died 23rd August 1917


  • Name: Gerald Bertram Barstow
  • Date of birth: 6 December 1888
  • Place of Birth: Aslackby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1889
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: John Smithson Barstow
  • DOB: 1845
  • Place of Birth: Brawhope, Yorkshire, England
  • Occupation: Clergyman, Church of England


  • Name: Elizabeth Charlotte Coupland
  • DOB: 1851
  • Place Of Birth: Frieston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1 February 1882 All Souls Church, Hampstead

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • John Smithson Barstow, 1882, Aslackby
    Maude Mary Barstow, 1884, Aslackby
    Herbert Wiliifrid Barstow , 1885, Aslackby
    Constance Emily Barstow, 1886, Aslackby
    Hugh Cecil Barstow, 1887, Aslackby
    Gerald Bertram Barstow, 1888, Aslackby
    Alix Vida Barstow, 1890, Aslackby
    Henry Lionel Barstow, 1894, Aslackby
    Montagu Ivan Barstow, 1899, Aslackby


  • 1891: Gerald is living with his parents in Aslackby, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: Gerald is living with his parents in Aslackby, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Gerald is living in Canada.

Relatives in services

  • 4 of his brothers served in the war. All joining the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force. They are Herbert Wiliifrid Barstow, Hugh Cecil Barstow, Henry Lionel Barstow and Montagu Ivan Barstow


  • No marriage for Gerald has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 30th March 1918.
    KILLED IN ACTION: It is with regret we record the death of Pte Gerald Bertram Barstow fourth son of the late Vicor of Aslackby, killed in action in France. He joined the Canadian Army at the beginning of the war and arrived in France July 1917. He was reported missing and is now regarded as having been killed in action.  We also regret to state that George Edward Daff, eldest son of Mr and Mrs daff who was reported missing on October 4th 1917 is now regarded by the War Office as killed. The deceased soldier worked on the land, previously to enlisting. He was a scholar at the Methodist Sunday School, a ringer, a teacher in the Church Sunday School, a chorister and communicant. The sincere sympathy of the neighbours is offered to the sorrowing parents. The Memorial Service will be hold on Sunday April 7th.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • None found

Pension Records

  • None found


  • None found


  • UK:
  • Aslackby, plaque in St James’ Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private Gerald Bertram Barstow 1000810, 44th Bn, Canadian Infantry who died on 23 August 1917 Age 26
    Son of the late Rev. John Smithson Barstow and Mrs Elizabeth Charlotte Barstow of Aslackby Rectory, Folkingham, Lincs, England
    Remembered with honour Vimy Memorial

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

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  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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