Geoffrey Frederick Bamforth (1923-1944)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Geoffrey Frederick Bamforth was born on 4 August 1923, the son of solicitor's clerk James William Bamforth and his wife Phoebe Clarice (née Shaw) of St. Helen's Gate, Almondbury, and was baptised on 19 August 1923 at All Hallows, Almondbury.

He married Maureen Byrne in 1942[1], shortly before enlisting in November. The couple lived at 94a Penistone Road, Waterloo.

He was aboard the SS Khedive Ismail as part of Convoy KR 8, sailing from Mombasa bound to Colombo when it was hit by two torpedoes fired by Japanese submarine I-27 in the in the early afternoon of Saturday 12 February 1944. Geoffrey Frederick Bamforth was one of 1,297 aboard who died.[2]


Huddersfield Examiner (22/Apr/1944):

Waterloo Soldier Lost at Sea — News has been received by Mrs. Maureen Bamforth, of Briardene, 94a Penistone Road, Waterloo, that her husband, L./Bombardier Geoffrey Bamforth, has been lost at sea as a result of enemy action. L./Bombardier Bamforth joined the Forces in November, 1942, and went abroad about seven months later. He attended Lepton Council School and Almondbury Grammar School. Before joining up he was a laboratory assistant at I.C.I. Dyestuffs (Huddersfield), Ltd.

Huddersfield Examiner (17/Feb/1945):

Roll of Honour

BAMFORTH — In loving memory of my dearest husband, Lance-Bombardier Geoffrey Bamforth (R.A.), lost at sea February 12, 1944.

I don’t know exactly when, but I know we will meet again.
And, my darling, till we do, you are always in my heart.

— From Maureen and baby Geoffrey, Briardene, Penistone Road, Waterloo.

BAMFORTH — In everlasting remembrance of a dear son and grandson. L./Bdr. Geoffrey Bamforth, R.A., lost at sea February 12, 1944.

We little knew when we woke that morn
The sorrow that day would bring.
The shock was great, the blow severe,
To part with one we loved so dear.

— From Mother and Grandma, Briardene, Penistone Road, Waterloo.

Huddersfield Examiner (12/Feb/1949):

Roll of Honour

BAMFORTH — In loving memory of L/Bdr. Geoffrey Bamforth, R.A., lost at sea, February 12, 1944.

May the sunshine he missed
On life’s highway be his
In God’s haven of rest.

— From Maureen and our little son, Geoffrey.

BAMFORTH — In loving remembrance of my dear son, Geoffrey (L/Bdr, R.A.), lost at sea February 12, 1944.

This day recalls sad memories
Of a sorrow too great to be told,
But to us who loved and lost you,
Your memory will never grow old.

— Mother and Grandma, Waterloo.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • regiment: Royal Artillery
  • died: 12 February 1944
  • age: 20 years
  • record ID: 1342424



Notes and References

  1. Marriage registered Q3 1942 Huddersfield.
  2. Wikipedia: SS Khedive Ismail.