William Ewart Gladstone Bartrop – Roger (bass)
Service Number 35586
Private/Gunner 12th reinforcements 7th Field Artillery Brigade
Enlisted 14 February 1917 Sydney Victoria Barracks, Showground Camp
Various temporary promotions (Sergeant, Bombardier)
Embarked 2 August 1917 HMAT Miltiades
Arrived in England 3 October 1917 (reverted to Gunner on arrival)
RBAA Larkhill (Salisbury Plain), later Heytesbury, appointed A/g bombardier
Proceeded to France (Rouelles) 29 November 1917, taken on strength with the 1st Field Artillery Brigade (101st Howitzer Battery)
Promoted to Bombardier 18 May 1918
To hospital sick 14 September 1918 (12 CCS then 2 GH at Le Havre) Discharged to base 1st Convalescent Hospital 26 September 1918 France
Transferred to Education Service 7 October 1918, returned to England and sent to AIF Educational School Cambridge for course of instruction
30 October 1918 promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, posted to duty with the General List Education Service
Returned to France, posted to 1st FAB as Education Officer
Promoted to Lieutenant 1 February 1919
Left France 26 April 1919, for England.
Returned to Australia 20 June 1919 Konig Frederich August (the same vessel as Milne Barry Gow)
Service commemorated at Waverley Soldiers Memorial 1914-1918, Bondi Road, Waverley Park; Honour Roll of New South Wales ‘Teachers of Public Schools who Served Abroad in the Great War 1914-1919’, Department of Education Building, Bridge Street, Sydney 2000; Bathurst High School (marble tablet placed under the School’s Honour Roll).
Place of birth Parish of Balmain, Sydney NSW
Pre-war lived at Bathurst; while William served overseas his family lived at ‘Kinaulton’ 29 Walker Ave, Haberfield NSW
Married in April 1915 to Ethel Francis Brown, father of Bert (b1916 ) and Betty (b1920)
Occupation high school mathematics teacher; at the time of enlistment he was at Bathurst High School, his first teaching post after studies at Sydney University and Teachers College. Following the War he taught at East Maitland High School, and then at Sydney Boys High School . Following diagnosis of tuberculosis in 1920 he took a less demanding teaching position at Sydney Technical High School, Harris Street Ultimo
Appearance: 5’9” grey eyes, auburn hair
Age 27 on enlistment
“WEG Bartrop was a much respected mathematics teacher in selective high schools in Sydney. He enlisted on 14th February 1917 in the First Field Artillery Detachment. He embarked on the Militenden on 2nd August 1917. After fighting in the battles of the Somme, he was selected in October 1918 to become an education officer to assist with the education of the troops following War’s end. It was obvious that the final German offensive had petered out after Field Marshal Monash’s decisive offensive using Australian, Canadian and American troops.
William became a Lieutenant and he became a senior educationalist in the AIF Education Scheme, helping some of the 47,000 troops get some education in camps around the London area, after demobilisation.
Tragically, William had contracted tuberculosis at the Front and became ill prior to return home. He was invalided out of teaching and died on 22 December 1922. At the time of his death the family was living at ‘Moorong’ Kingston St and Dobroyd Parade, Haberfield.
The AIF education scheme
More information about the Education Scheme school of Instruction can be found in the Unit Diary for October 1918 here.