|Daisy Abbotts whose first husband, Walter Huggins had been killed|
of the Western Front in 1916. She married William Mathew Chamberlan
One touching story survives from this sad time. Everyday Bert used to send one of his children to a little newsagent in Hargrave Road to buy five Woodbine cigarettes and a copy of The Sporting Life. With his lungs in such bad condition Bert could not smoke but each day the new packet of Woodbines was placed on his bedside table and the one from the previous day was removed by Esther.
Bert passed away on the morning of 2nd November 1918. Although at the time of his death Bert was not a serving member of the Army, Esther applied for him to have a military funeral. She was refused. On the advice of a neighbour, Mrs.Channing, Esther contacted The Royal Field Artillery where she got a very different answer. Thanks to the regiment Bert would get a military funeral and his coffin would be carried to the cemetery on a gun carraige.