A rifleman is a soldier in a light infantry unit. Although ultimately originating with the 16th century handgunners and the 17th century musketeers and streltsy, the term rifleman originated in the 18th century. Entire regiments and bodies of troops were armed with the weapon. It later became the term for the archetypal common infantryman.

Rifleman Bertie Whittemore

Bertie was the 5th son of Joseph Walter & Julia Whittemore. He was born in 1889 in Luton.

He joined the Rifle Brigade in 1907 serving in India & Egypt. He was coming to the end of his 8 years of service when war brokeout.

He died of wounds received in France & Flanders in May 1915.


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