Date of Death:
Neely Hugh Bertram
1st Bn. Suffolk Regiment
27 june 1888 , Bromley
23 april 1915
Son of William and Clare Neely, of Ruxley house, Bromley.
His brother was also killed :
- Clive William Neely
20 june 1916
Amara War Cemetery
Educated at Quernmore School at Bromley and at Lancing College where he won an Exhibition and was in News House from September 1902 to March 1905.
He was a Sergeant in the Officer Training Corps and was a Prefect in 1904.
On leaving school he trained as a dentist at Guy’s Hospital from October 1908 becoming MRCS and LRCP in November 1912.
He was Assistant Demonstrator of Dental Metallurgy from January to March 1911 and was Assistant Dental House Surgeon at Guy’s from July to September 1912. On leaving Guy’s he passed into private practice and worked as an assistant in two or three posts before establishing his own practice in Southampton.
He was Assistant Demonstrator of Dental Metallurgy from January to March 1911 and was Assistant Dental House Surgeon at Guy’s from July to September 1912.
On leaving Guy’s he passed into private practice and worked as an assistant in two or three posts before establishing his own practice in Southampton.
Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery
Plot I , Row E , Stone 7
15 august 1914
4 march 1915
23/24 april 1915
He was a member of the 28th Battalion London Regiment (Artists Rifles) for many years, serving as Private and leaving in 1912.
On the outbreak of was he closed his practice and rejoined his old regiment, the Artists Rifles, on the 6th of August 1914.
He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) in the Suffolk Regiment .
Shortly afterwards he was sent for a musketry course at Hythe and qualified in the use of the machine gun.
He left for France landing there the following morning where he was attached to the 1st Battalion of his regiment.
The 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment came out of the line and into Brigade reserve between Frezenberg and Verlorenhoek reaching their new position at dawn on the 24th.
Their Commanding Officer, Captain Balders, issued orders for the construction of a defensive line but shortly after this a staff officer arrived to inform him that the Germans had broken through and that he should move forward to the village of Fortuin to meet them and engage any enemy elements he came across on the way.
By this time the Germans were already shelling his battalion and as they moved forward the shelling became heavier and was coming from three sides, an indication of how perilous their position was becoming.
On their way they came across a Canadian formation and were asked to give their support to them.
By this time Balders had also taken Command of the 12th Battalion London Regiment, as their commanding officer had become a casualty, and shortly afterwards a wounded Canadian officer informed him that the Germans had already broken through on the Canadian left.
While talking to two Canadian staff officers, who were trying to impress on him the need for his help, they both became casualties and he agreed to assist. By this time the battalion was coming under rifle and machine gun fire and it became clear that the village of St Julien, which Balders had believed to be in British hands, had fallen.
He therefore ordered two companies forward to assist the Canadians, instructing the rest of his men to construct a new trench which they spent the night digging.
For the next three days they were under almost constant rifle and machine gun fire, as well as shelling, but held the line until they were relieved on the night of the 26th/27th of April.
Casualties during the period of the fighting were around four hundred of whom Hugh Neely was one.