Charles Bertram Dyson 26 March 1918

Charles Bertram Dyson was a Lancastrian by birth, born and brought up near Burnley where his father was a cotton manufacturer. He came up to Grafton House in 1909 at the age of 14. He was there for five years, leaving at Easter 1914. He played a few times for the XV, without being a regular. He won his School colours twice for Gymnastics. As a junior, he was one of Grafton’s quartet which won the House competition in 1912.

In December 1914, he gained a commission in the East Lancashire regiment. He went to France in December 1916 and was later appointed Intelligence Officer.

He was killed in action at Gommecourt on the Somme on 26th March 1918. He was with two other officers at the front line and was killed by a shell before he could take cover.

He was 21 years old and was buried at Beaulencourt alongside the Yorkshireman, Wilfrid Refern of School House, killed four days earlier. On his headstone, his parents wrote a simple tribute: “Faithful and True”.

Charles Bertram’s younger brother John, also in Grafton was wounded (gassed) but survived the war.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow