Harold Bamforth (c.1897-1918)

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.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BAMFORTH, HAROLD. Driver. No L/25524. 'A' Battery 168th (Huddersfield) Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Born Marsden. Only son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Bamforth, The Liberal Club, Marsden. Was employed in the pattern room by Messrs Joseph Dyson at Elm Ing Mills, Milnsbridge. Attended Marsden Parish Church being a member of the choir and a teacher in the Sunday School. Was a member of the Liberal Club. Enlisted May, 1915, and crossed over to France at the end of the year. Came home on his only leave, September 1917. Was seriously wounded in the chest on the 19.1.1918 and taken to the No 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station at Remy Siding, Belgium. Died of his wounds, 20.1.1918, aged 20 years. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, BELGIUM. Grave location:- Plot 27, Row F, Grave 1.
His parents received a letter from the Chaplain to the Forces, conveying the information that their son, after being admitted to hospital, got steadily worse, the end coming very peacefully while he was unconscious. The letter continues, 'I know what this means to you. He did his best to get better and every possible care was given to him but the effect of the wound in his chest rendered all aid futile. The last time I spoke to him that day he seemed cheerful and patient. You have lost a brave and devoted son and even in your grief you will be proud as you remember his faithful loyalty.'
ROH:- Marsden War Memorial; Marsden Liberal Club.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission