Bert Spires was an insurance office manager. Married with 2 children, he enlisted under the " Derby Scheme" on 30 November 1915 at the age of 31. He was mobilized on 7 September 1916 and joined the Royal Field Artillery to be trained as a signaller. On 16 February 1917 he arrived in France, and was drafted to 23 Division in the Ypres salient in Belgium. He kept a diary during his service in Belgium and later in Italy, and this is the subject of this site. He describes his experiences in note form, from the day he landed in France. He mentions unit casualties with dates and locations as well as a wealth of information on his movements. He took part in the battles of Messines Ridge, Passchendaele, River Piave (Asiago plateau) and Vittorio Veneto. He survived the war.

The Diary - wiith some of his sketches
Rome - 11 May 1918

Web site written by Ted Spires - Last Update 9 January 2020 - E-mail any comments or questions to Ted

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