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Soldier Profile – Private Bertie F. Dinelli

Name & Rank: [Bertram] Bertie Firth Dinelli, Private

Black and white photograph of uniformedBritish First World War soldier

Photograph donated to the Imperial War Museum by his mother on November 5, 1919. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023736

Regimental Number: G/12369

Birth date & Location: mid-year 1878

Parents: Paul Antonio Dinelli and Ellen [Smith] Dinelli

Family Profile: Bertie F. Dinelli was the second of five children born (one son died, age two) to Paul and Ellen Dinelli in London.  The family moved often, but remained in the greater London area.  Paul was the son of Italian immigrants who worked as a waiter and at the Adelphi Theatre on the Strand as both a messenger and theatre dresser.  Ellen worked as a machinist.  Prior to the First World War, Bertie worked as a shop assistant at a grocery in Ashford, Surrey.  He witnessed the marriage of his only brother, Horace, who did not serve in the War, but made a career as a librarian at the Carnegie Library in Hammersmith.  Bertie’s youngest sister, Ada, worked as a cook household with multiple servants.  She was employed by retired Master of Supreme Court, George Frederick Pollock.

Service Profile: Enlistment unknown, Dinelli served in the 8th Battalion, Royal West Surrey.  He was killed in action on 6 September 1916 near Longueval and was buried in the London Cemetery Extension, Longueval, France.

Death date & Location:  6 September 1916 [Deville Wood, Longueval, France]

CWGA Record

Links to OA records accessed: n/a