Bertram Lockley Tandy

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TANDY, Bertram Lockley [aka BINGHAM, Edward Ernest]

Service no: 3002 [1] [2]

Place of birth: Orange, 29 November 1899

Address: Blakely Street, East Orange

Occupation: Labourer

Next of kin: Charles Bingham (brother), Portland, later Kathleen Tandy (mother), Blakely Street, East Orange

Date of enlistment: 4 February 1916

Place of enlistment: Portland

Age at enlistment: 18

Fate: Discharged 1 March 1916. Re-enlisted at Victoria Barracks under the name Edward Ernest Bingham, 15 April 1916. Embarked Ascanius, Sydney, 25 October 1916. Joined 20th Battalion, France, 23 March 1917. Killed in action, Reincourt, France, 19 April 1917.

Date of death: 19 April 1917

Buried: Noreuil Australian Cemetery, France, Plot 1, Row C, Grave 18

Bertram Lockley Tandy enlisted in the Australian Navy on 7 October 1915 at age 16. He absconded from HMAS Tingira on 26 January 1916.

Bertram enlisted in the AIF at Portland on 4 February 1916 but was discharged on 1 March; his services were no longer required when he was found to be a Navy deserter.

Bertram enlisted again, under the assumed name of Edward Ernest Bingham at Victoria Barracks on 15 April 1916, and embarked via Ascanius at Sydney on 25 October 1916. He joined the 20th Battalion in France on 23 March 1917 and was reported as wounded and missing in action on 19 April 1917. This was later changed to killed in action on that date. He was buried at Noreuil Australian Cemetery, France.

The Tandy family was informed of Bertram’s death on 12 December 1917, the same day that his father Edward passed away. [3]

Bertram Lockley Tandy is remembered on the Holy Trinity Church Orange Honour Roll and the World War I Roll of Honour on the southern face of the Orange Cenotaph.

In 1923 the Anzac Memorial Avenue of trees was planted along Bathurst Road to commemorate fallen WWI soldiers. A tree was planted in honour of “Pte BL Tandy”; it was donated by Robert Frost. Very few of the trees are still standing today.

Two of Bertram’s brothers also served in WWI: Ernest Edward Tandy, who died of wounds in France in September 1918 and Richard William Tandy, who returned to Australia in 1919.

  • Sharon Jameson and Margaret Nugent, January 2019
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