Tom Benjamin Bamford

A Private (5198) in the 1st/10th (Scottish) Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) who died on Wednesday 9th August 1916 aged 25. His death is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 1D 8B and 8C) and on the Hasland Village Memorial. The 1st/10th (Scottish) Battalion, The Kings formed part of the 166th Brigade, 55th (West Lancashire) Division. On 9th August the Battalion was involved in the attack on Guillemont and following four unsuccessful charges suffered over 280 casualties.

“He was killed while taking part in an attack on German trenches and I am taking this opportunity to express on behalf of your son’s comrades and his Company Commander Captain Jaegers and myself our deepest sympathies with you in your heavy bereavement. Private Bamford was always a good and conscientious soldier and his loss will be keenly felt by all who knew him and particularly by his comrades of the Lewis Gun Section”

[Pte Bamford’s Section Officer]

After attending Chesterfield Grammar School, Tom studied at Nottingham University before moving to Nantes to study French. He was a schoolteacher and the son of Thomas and Ellen Bamford of Hazel Grove in Hasland. Thomas Bamford (Snr) was an engine driver on the Midland Railway.

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