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Brigadier General Sir Alexander Bertram

Brigadier General Sir Alexander Bertram

Male 1853 - 1926  (73 years)

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  • Name Alexander Bertram 
    Prefix Brigadier General Sir 
    Born 18 Feb 1853  Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1861  Orford Twp., Kent Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1871  Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He's a machinist.
    Residence 1881  Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He's a mechanic.
    Residence 1901  Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 24 Apr 1926  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Grove Cemetery, Dundas, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1099  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2017 

    Father John Bertram,   b. 13 Sep 1829, , Eddleston, Peeblesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1906, Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Bennet,   b. 25 Feb 1831, , Stow, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1904, Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 7 May 1852  , Stow, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F349  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eliza Millichamp Smith,   b. 30 Jan 1858, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1934, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 16 May 1877  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Hugh Bertram,   b. 12 May 1878, Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1962, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Florence Millie Bertram,   b. 13 Aug 1879, Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Harry Alexander Bertram,   b. 10 Nov 1881, Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Thomas Stirling Bertram,   b. 27 Apr 1883, Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F543  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Feb 1853 - Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1861 - Orford Twp., Kent Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 May 1877 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1881 - Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - Dundas, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Apr 1926 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Grove Cemetery, Dundas, Hamilton Municipality, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Brigadier General Sir Alexander Bertram
    Brigadier General Sir Alexander Bertram

    Newspapers
    'Bertram's last two shots were an outer and a magpie'
    "Bertram's last two shots were an outer and a magpie"
    Bisley shooting competition for Her Majesty the Queen's Prize

    Albums
    Bertram family
    Bertram family (25)

  • Notes 
    • Alexander Bertram, born on February 18, 1853 in Dundas, Ontario, was the first child of John and Elizabeth Bertram. He married Eliza Millichamp Smith on May 16, 1877 in Toronto, Ontario. Together they had four children, John Hugh Bertram born May 12, 1878; Florence Millie Bertram born August 13, 1879; Harry Alexander Bertram born November 10, 1881; and Thomas Stirling Bertram born April 27, 1883. Alexander Bertram died on April 24, 1926 in Montreal. The sources regarding Alexander's death are incomplete and as such little information is available. Eliza Bertram died in Montreal in 1934.

      Alexander lived with his mother and father in Dundas for his first five years, until economic stagnation forced the family to relocate to a bush farm in Kent County until 1862. After the Bertram family returned to Dundas Alexander continued to live with them until he was able to purchase his own home. He lived for a time at 21 Dundas Street until 1912 when he moved to Montreal to support the growing company. Alexander's close association with the government in his role on the Shell Committee necessitated that he spend much of his time in Ottawa and by 1915 he had moved to the Capital.

      Alexander Bertram began his apprenticeship at his father's factory, McKechnie and Bertram, at the age of 14. He started by leading a horse and cart and by the time of his father's death in 1906, he was president of John Bertram & Sons. Alexander Bertram also had an extensive career in the military, starting at the age of 16 when he joined the 13th Regiment at Hamilton as a bugler boy. He would eventually assume command of the 13th regiment with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1905, he was transferred to the reserve and then into command of the 3rd Infantry Brigade of Western Ontario. Alexander Bertram also enjoyed rifle shooting and eventually formed a 10 man rifle team entirely composed of Bertram men. In 1909, Alexander was made Commandant of the Canadian Bisley team. The Bisley tournament was a shooting competition held at Bisley England open to the British military with teams coming from around the Empire. In the following year, Alexander Bertram was made a full colonel. When the First World War broke out in 1914, Alexander Bertram offered himself for active service but his age, 61 at the time, prevented him from being accepted for overseas duty. As a result of his organization and executive skills, he was appointed to the position of chairman of the Canadian Shell Committee. The Shell Committee was formed to act as a liaison and facilitator between the British Governments orders for ammunition and Canadian manufacturers who would produce the armaments. For his effectiveness in this role, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1915. He was further honored in 1916 by receiving a knighthood. In 1922, Sir Alexander Bertram was made head of the Dominion Rifle Association at the age of 69, he was also still active in the working of John Bertram & Sons Co. Ltd.

      source: http://www.archeion.ca/bertram-sir-alexander-2