Allgood, Bertram

Allgood, Bertram

Captain

1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Sunday 6 December 1914 (aged 40)

Buried:

Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension, France (Grave I. B. 2)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

St Giles’s Church, Birtley, Northumberland

Birtley War Memorial

St Mungo’s Church, Simonburn, Northumberland

Simonburn War Memorial

St Andrew’s Church, Hexham, Northumberland (Roll of Honour)

St Andrew’s Church, Hexham, Northumberland (Cross in Abbey Grounds)

Hexham General Hospital, Northumberland

St John Lee Church, Hexham

Newspaper Supplement Hexham Courant 1 November 1919

De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914 – 1918 Part 2

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Captain Bertram Allgood was reported in the Newtownards Chronicle because he had lived in Newtownards when he was Adjutant of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

Bertram Allgood was born on 11 February 1874 in Bellingham, Northumberland and he was the second son of Major-General George Allgood CB (who died on 19 October 1906) and Elizabeth Allgood (who died on 14 February 1874, three days after Bertram was born).

Major-General George Allgood served in the Indian Army and became Chief Constable of Northumberland.

Bertram Allgood was educated at Eton from 1888 until 1891 and became a career soldier who served in both India and Ireland.

He enjoyed hunting and polo and was a member of the Naval and Military Club.

He was appointed Second Lieutenant 15 May 1897 in the Royal Irish Rifles, Lieutenant on 10 August 1898 and Captain on 6 February 1904.

During the South African War, he was serving with the 1st Battalion at Calcutta and he continued to serve in India until 1905, when he reported for duty to the Depot at Belfast.

He returned to India but came back again to Belfast before serving for a time with the 2nd Battalion at Dover.

He was appointed Adjutant of the 4th Battalion on 19 November 1911 at Newtownards and he kept that appointment until he retired from the Army in February 1914 and joined the Reserve of Officers.

On 8 April 1913 Captain Allgood married Isobel (Isa) Edith Cochrane Bayley at Paddington Holy Trinity Church.  Isa was a daughter of the late Arthur Bayley and Mrs Herbert Lyde) in London and on 7 August 1914 their daughter, Elizabeth Mary Cochrane Allgood was born.  During the Second World War Elizabeth Mary Cochrane Allgood was a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse.

At the outbreak of the First World War Captain Allgood was called up for service and joined the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles on 14 August 1914; he went to the Front with the 1st Battalion on 7 November.

Captain Allgood was shot through the heart by a sniper while taking his men into the trenches on 6 December 1914 (in some reports the date of death is recorded as 7 December).  He was the first officer serving with 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles to be killed during the First World War.

Captain Allgood’s widow Isa remarried on 4 May 1920 in St Stephen’ Church, Gloucester Road, Chelsea – Charles Richard Sherriff.  Isa died in 1977.