Heywood, Bertram Charles Percival

He was the son of Sir Thomas Percival Heywood, Bart., of Dovelys, Uttoxeter and Margaret Heywood. His family were prominent Manchester bankers. He came to Winchester from the Reverend S. Cornish’s school at Clevedon. In 1882 he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, taking his degree in 1885.

In April 1891 he was given a commission in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Manchester Regiment although in the South African War he commanded the 1st Volunteer Company of the Manchester Regiment, which was attached to the 1st Battalion. He was promoted Major in 1901 and the same year he was awarded the rank of Hon. Captain in the Regular Army. In 1902, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed to his old battalion of volunteers, and from 1906-1911 he commanded the Manchester Infantry Brigade of the Territorial Force, being promoted to Colonel in 1908. In 1911, he was placed on the Unattached List, having completed his period of command, and at the beginning of 1914 was made Honorary Colonel of his battalion. He already held the Territorial Decoration.

On the outbreak of war he was appointed to the command of the newly-formed 19th Battalion Manchester Regiment. He died of pneumonia in England on October 28th, 1914. His loss was felt keenly by the Battalion and when his coffin was conveyed to London Road Station the men lined the approach as the funeral procession passed to the train. As the train left the station the buglers sounded the “Last Post”.

Colonel Heywood married in 1889 Florence Maud, daughter of E. David Meynell Esq., of Kirk Langley, Derbyshire.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Heywood
  • Forenames or initials: Bertram Charles Percival
  • House: C House
  • Years in School: 1878-1881
  • Rank: Colonel
  • Regiment: Manchester Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 10th November 1864
  • Date of Death: 28th October 1914
  • How Died: Died of illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H1
  • Decoration: T.D.