At present there is limited information available about Bertram Clements and William Thomas Aggleton's details

from the First World War.

 Bertram's war record indicates that he first saw active service with the Royal Army Service Corps on the 

20 of August 1915

Bertram was probably in Rouen in August 1915: the card is dated 5 days after entry to France


 Bertram married Florence in December 1915- probably during his first spell of leave, but was suffering from Dysentry

The two photos below were taken while BCA was on leave in 1917. 



The two photos show Bertram as a corporal: according to his military record he was an acting Sergeant and then  
an an acting Corporal

RGA notes: BCA photographed with fellow NCOs in France c.1917. Believed to be in the grounds of the chateau which was Corps HQ. BCA's French was good enough to make him the unofficial interpreter at Corps headquarters: this probably saved his life.

Bertram's length of service would have entitled him to the three main WW1 service medals

(they were generally called Pip,Squeek & Wilfred):

1914/15 Star1914/15 Star

Authorised in 1918, the 1914/15 Star was awarded to those individuals who saw service in France and Flanders from 23 November 1914 to 31 December 1915, and to those individuals who saw service in any other operational theatre from 5 August 1914 to 31 December 1915.

British War MedalBritish War Medal

The British War Medal 1914-1920, authorised in 1919, was awarded to eligible service personnel and civilians alike. Qualification for the award varied slightly according to service. The basic requirement for army personnel and civilians was that they either entered a theatre of war, or rendered approved service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Service in Russia in 1919 and 1920 also qualified for the award.

Victory MedalVictory Medal

The Victory Medal 1914-1919 was also authorised in 1919 and was awarded to all eligible personnel who served on the establishment of a unit in an operational theatre.

William Thomas Aggleton's record card below does not say when he saw active service. He was two years younger

than Bertram, so 1916 is  likely:

However he moved from the Royal Artillery (Two units) to the Royal Engineers while remaining a Gunner.

William was probably only entitled to the latter two medals which were called "Mutt and Jeff"

William sent his sister-in-law a cheeky postcard

Dear Florence How is the world treating you? Try & squeeze time to write a letter to this little poor janker boy 

 (am at present rejoicing in 10 days CB [confined to barracks] for being "naughty" ) Mind you don't spend that 1d change in riotous living!!

Best regards to all.Will