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Private Jack (John Henry) Bamford

36743 49th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Son of Mr Jesse & Mrs Isabella Bamford
Husband of Harriet (nee Jackson)

Aged 29 years

Died 11th April 1917

Commemorated on Arras Memorial
Bay 10


Born at Teeton, near Northampton, enlisted in London, resided at Rushden.
Also commemorated on Raunds War Memorial.
Researched by Bill Bates

Jack Bamford was born in 1888 at Teeton, but grew up at Raunds. He was a staunch churchman, the first member of the Church Lads Brigade, a Sunday school teacher, and church choir member. From its formation, he joined the Raunds Cecilia Male Voice Choir. He was also a football referee.

Before the war he was employed at Adams Brothers. With fellow member of St John Ambulance Brigade, George Medlock, enlisted in the RAMC at Whitehall in September 1914. He joined 'C' Company 49th Field Ambulance after training at Limerick, and spent two years in France.

On leave in February 1916 he married Miss Harriet Jackson of Rushden.

His brother Private Thomas William Bamford was also killed in action in August 1917.

Rushden Echo, 20th April 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Raunds Soldier Killed
Lance-Corpl. J H Bamford – Well Known in Rushden

It is with great regret we report the death whilst on duty in France of Lance-Corpl. John Henry Bamford, R.A.M.C. The official news was received on Tuesday, and states he was “killed in action” on April 11th.

Deceased, who was attached to the 49th Field Ambulance, enlisted a few weeks after the war broke out, and has been in France over 19 months. He was last home on leave in February 1916, when he was married.

He was a member of Raunds Church Choir, and was superintendent of the Sunday school, and was well liked by all who came in contact with him, through his cheerful and self-sacrificing nature.

Deceased was a son-in-law of Mrs. Jackson, of 7 Winchester-road, Rushden, and was well known in Rushden.

Rushden Argus, 18th May 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Memorial—At the Winchester-road, Oswald-road, and Pightles Terrace Roll of Honour a memorial service was held on Sunday to the Memory of John Henry Bamford, aged 28 years, who was killed in action on April 11th. There was a good attendance, and the Rev. Percy Robson gave an appropriate address.

Rushden Echo, Friday 28th September 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

KilledPte. T W Bamford, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Jesse Bamford, of 5 Grove-street, Raunds, was killed in action in France on August 16th. He joined up on August 24th 1916, and had been in France for nine months. Prior to his enlistment he was employed in the signal department of the Midland Railway, Kettering. He was a member of the Raunds Volunteers until the time of its disbandment. The deceased, who was 35 years of age, leaves a wife and four children to mourn their loss. He is the second son of Mr and Mrs Bamford to be killed during the war, Corpl. J H Bamford, R.A.M.C., having been killed on April 11th 1917. Another son, Pte. S A Bamford, R.M.L.I., is serving on board H.M.S. Emperor of India.


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