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BERTRAM BROOKES MUCKLESTON was born on 26th February 1888 at 25 Sussex Road, Islington, London. He was the youngest child of the six children of Joseph Rowland Muckleston and had three sisters and two brothers. Bertram’s father was a shirt collar manufacturer with premises in East London. As yet we have been unable to discover which school Bertram went to or how he spent his early years. We do know however, that in 1914 he was a clerk in the Civil Service and that he had some experience in operating electrical equipment.

 

He was able to serve his country in both world wars.

When the First World War broke out Bertram was 26 years old and living in Muswell Hill, London. On the 9th September that year he volunteered for the Territorial Army (possibly in the 1st City of London Regiment) and was enlisted as a gunner. On his medical record his height is given as 5 foot 9½ inches, his vision was normal and his physical development was good. On 29th January 1915 he was transferred, again with the rank of gunner, to the London Electrical Engineers where his regimental number was 1577. Whilst in the Electrical Engineers he received training as an engine driver. He showed considerable aptitude for this type of work, passing various examinations and eventually qualifying as a Superior Engine Driver. In this capacity he was stationed in London (1915 to early 1916) and Dover (1916).

On 8th May 1916 he went with the Expeditionary Force to France. By this time he had risen to the rank of Corporal and was still attached to the London Electrical Engineers.

 

Later that year he was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers, leaving the Territorials with a very good character. On the 10th September 1916 he was sent to Etaples in France to attend an officer training course and was eventually commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on the 9th December.

 

Bertram served with the Northumberland Fusiliers for about 8 months and then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) where he served as a Flying Officer (observer) with number 6 squadron at Abeele on the Ypres Salient. During some 4 months with the RFC Bertram spent some 120 hours, in the air, over enemy lines and survived several crashes, apparently without serious injury. This was a very considerable feat when you consider, at that time, the average life expectancy of an aircrew member was about 2 to 3 weeks. Bertram flew on his last reconnaissance mission on 1st December 1917, the strain of war having taken its toll. Following several medical examinations, he was withdrawn from flying duties and posted to RFC headquarters (Administration Wing) where he apparently stayed until the Armistice.

 

He was married in 1919, at Kensington, to Teresa Mary Healy and returned to civilian life. He, however, still remained on the reserve list of officers. We have been unable to discover what occupation Bertram took up after demobilisation, he may have immediately returned to the Civil Service, he was certainly in their employ in 1931.

 

Bertram’s father Joseph died in 1924, at the age of 79, and in his will placed the following codicil:

 

“July 18th 1924. I hereby revoke the bequest of £250, made to my son Bertram Brookes Muckleston as I consider he is now in a better position than when I made the bequest." It appears that Bertram’s financial status was considered to be healthy enough for him not to need the money, although this was more than likely due to the fact that he had married well. Bertram’s mother died in 1931 at the age of 83, with again no bequests to her youngest son, the money being divided between his surviving brothers and sisters.

 

During World War II, Bertram became Staff Officer, Member for Supply and Organisation, and Directorate of Servicing and Maintenance, at the Air Ministry.

 

Bertram’s wife Teresa, predeceased him, dying in 1973 at the age of 80, leaving £16,276. In her will Bertram had the use of the house for as long as he wished to remain in it, and provided it was properly maintained. No money was left to him, most of the estate being left in trust for a niece. There were no children of the marriage. Bertram died at Crawley in Sussex, in 1983 at the grand old age of 95.

DENNIS CHARLES MUCKLESTON - Private 14346894, General Service Corps, who died on Wednesday 2nd January 1946 age 31. Son of Edward Thomas Muckleston and Daisy of Toddington, husband of Beatrice Emily. Dennis was the fifth child (of 8) of Edward and Daisy, he married Beatrice in 1940 but they had no children. His widow remarried in 1951 to John George and she died in 1992. Buried Toddington Cemetery, Bedfordshire Ref: Sec 27 grave 2067. It is believed that his death was related to his war service and his name appears on the Toddington Roll of Honour,

HAROLD WILLIAM MUCKLESTONE - Private B/78612 Loyal Edmonton Regiment R.C.I.C. who died on 27th December 1943 aged 22. Son of Richard and Effie Mucklestone of Toronto, Canada. Buried Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy Ref IV.G.12. The site of this cemetery was chosen by the Canadian Corps in January 1944. The Canadians had crossed the Moro River against stiff opposition on 6th December 1943, and had taken Ortona on the 28th after a week of bitter street fighting. The Moro River Cemetery contains the graves of those who died during the fighting and during the weeks that preceded and followed it. In December 1943 alone the Canadians suffered over 500 fatal battle casualties. There are now over 1600 1939-45 war casualties commemorated on this site. He was the nephew of William Henry Muckleston who had died in the First World War. (The records have added an ‘e’ to his surname).

 

THOMAS DONALD MUCKLESTON

Can be found on the Royal Artillery Attestation cards. The card says Field 8/11/44 and 23/9/46 ZT.

Born in 1920, Thomas was home on at least three occasions during the was. he married Ivy Fleckney in 1941 and they had children Anthony and Angela during the war years. He died in 1999.

 

VICTOR RONALD MUCKLESTON

Born 1919 can be found on the Royal Artillery Attestation cards. He was studying accountancy when his brother Bert died in 1936 and he returned to the family farm and worked in a cycle shop. His cards indicates he was transferred to the reserve on 1/1/40. 

 

JOAN FAYE MUCKLESTON

Fought in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in the Second World War. Joined 1940 she became a Section Officer on 10th May 1942. She was transferred to the "G" Branch on 9th December 1946 (Newspaper article - no explanation what this means!)

Her name appears in the London Gazette dated 18 July 1941 as follows:-

10th May 1941 - Joan Faye Muckleston (1940)

it would appear that this is notice of appointment to a position within the Women's Auxiliary Air Force

 

HAROLD VICTOR MUCKLESTON

Was a Lance Corporal in the Royal Engineers. Registration number 14600131. We are unsure if this relates to Harold Victor Muckleston (1909 - 1979) of Lincolnshire or Harold Victor Thomas Muckleston (1908 - 1991) of Bedfordshire.

 

CHARLES CHRISTIAN MUCKLESTON

Served for a long time in the Merchant Navy but during World War Two became a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy reserve. He was born in Lincolnshire in 1903 and died in 1983.

 

JOHN PRESLEY MUCKLESTONE

Served in World War II as a company commander in the eleventh airborne division in the US Military. He enlisted on 1st December 1943. Born in 1925 he was just 18 and enlisted as a private and must really have shown a lot of leadership skills to become a Company Commander. His army serial number was 19204201.

 

 

War Memories 

Olive Muckleston war memories - I was 20 when war broke out, living in Luton with my parents, two sisters and brother. He joined up and was stationed in Durban, South Africa. I wanted to join the WAAFs but my mother wouldn’t let me, probably because I was the youngest and my father had served in the trenches during the First World War. During the war I cut diamonds for use in aircraft controls and had to keep it secret because of their value. There were strict security measures when leaving the room even when going to the toilet.  My husband, Gerald Wright, whom I met after the war, served in the Royal Navy from 1943 — 46. His ships included the Raleigh and the Drake. I know he went to Malta but otherwise he would not speak of his experiences. He died in 1998.

 

(Olive was born 1919 and died 2005 she was the daughter of  William George Muckleston (a labourer) and Annie Brown of Bedfordshire.)