Bamford, Arthur

Arthur Bamford, Private 49331, 9th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 10th April 1918 in Belgium, aged 21

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Elizabeth Bamford, of 7 Prospect Buildings, Macclesfield, and the late F. Bamford.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Arthur enlisted in Macclesfield on 27 January 1913 with the local 7th Cheshire (Territorial) Regiment, receiving service number 1573, and after training, he was drafted to France on 30 August 1916. On 9 October 1917 Arthur was buried by a shell and received a contusion wound, after which he was repatriated to England for a month of hospital treatment at Toxteth Park Military Hospital, Liverpool.

After his recovery, Arthur was posted to the Command Depot at Prescott, and was granted one month’s leave in February 1918. On his return to France on 1 April 1918, Arthur was transferred to the 9th Battalion of the Cheshire Regt and was reported missing only nine days later, on 10 April. A brother, George Bamford, was also reported missing and the news was printed in the Macclesfield Times on 24 May:

Mr and Mrs Bamford, 7 Prospect Buildings, Macclesfield, have received official news that their son, Pte George Bamford, Lancashire Fusiliers, has been missing since April 25th. Nineteen years of age, Pte Bamford was educated at Duke Street School, and worshipped at the Parish Church. In civil life he was employed at the Slipper Factory, Sunderland Street. He enlisted about 15 months ago, and went out to France last October. A brother, Pte Arthur Bamford, has served since the outbreak of war, and nothing has been heard of him for two months. He was wounded some time ago and only returned to France about nine weeks ago.

Arthur was later assumed to have been killed in action on or since 10 April 1918.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Arthur Bamford has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 61 to 63 on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Arthur Bamford, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Private Arthur Bamford is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials.

 

 

 

NOTES

Brother of George Bamford, who served as a private with the Lancashire Fusiliers, and is believed to have survived the war.

 

 

SOURCES

WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 24 May 1918, 31 September 1921

 


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