Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Captain Lightly Harold Birt D.S.O., 1st Battalion, the Royal Berkshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Western Front.
The son of the late Sir William Birt and Lady Birt of Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex, he was educated at Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood, Hertfordshire. He served at first with the 1st City of London Volunteer Rifle Brigade, being commissioned in the year 1900. At the outbreak of the Great War he was serving with the Royal Berkshire Regiment and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in December of 1914 “For skill and courage at Villers-Cotterets on 1st September and at Metz Farm Valley, 7th September, in holding his position”.
Captain Birt lies buried in the Le Touret Military Cemetery at Richebourg-L’Avoue in France, and is remembered on the war memorial at Merchant Taylor’s School. From Hatfield in Hertfordshire, he was 35 years old and newly married.