BENJAMIN CHRISTOPHER BLOOMFIELD

Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.

Not on Christchurch Park memorial.

Born: 1869, Mary le Tower, Ipswich.

Died: 25th November 1916; age 46; Died – Woodbridge, Suffolk. Served 12 years & 353 days.

Enlistment Details: Location: Aldershot; Date: 25th March 1889; age: 18 years & 7 months; Occupation: Tailor; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: Benjamin Christopher Bloomfield, of 95, Leopard Buildings, Tower Terrace, Ipswich. Height: 5ft & 4 3/4ins, dark complexion, blue eyes & dark brown hair.

Service:

Home: 21st March 1889 – 21st October 1899.

South Africa: 22nd October 1899 – 7th March 1902.

Home: 8th March 1902 – 8th March 1902.

 

Enlistment Details: Date: 18th December 1902; Age: 32 years & 3 months; Occupation: Tailor. Height: 5ft 5 3/4ins. Next of Kin: Mother – Mrs B. Bloomfield, of 115, Crown Street, Ipswich. Scar forehead, tattooed – cross, flags & anchor on right forearm. Royal Garrison Regiment – 6491.

Service:

Home: 18th December 1902 – 21st August 1903.

Malta: 22nd August 1903 – 20th April 1904.

South Africa: 21st April 1901 – 10th November 1904.

Home: 11th November 1904 – 17th December 1904.

Sent home from South Africa on account of an abscess in his spine which twice caused loss of power. recovered after the abscesses were opened.

Discharged: 17th December 1904 – served 2 years.

 

Enlistment Details in to 56th Field Ambulance: Location: Ipswich; Date: 21st October 1914; age: 44 years & 7 months; Occupation: Builder’s Labourer. Next of Kin: brother – Australia.

Service: Home: 21st October 1914 – 24th July 1915. Trained in First Aid Duties.

B.E.F. 25th July 1915 – 5th October 1915.

Home: 6th October 1915 – 28th October 1915.

Prior to enlistment was in good health, earning full wages as a Labourer. Origin September 1915 – Corbie, France. Admitted to hospital – 3 weeks, then transferred to England and admitted in to Henham Hospital, Essex.

Discharged: 28th October 1915 – Aldershot – No longer fit for war service. Character – Good. Served 1 year & 8 days.

 

Medals Awarded: South Africa with Clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Drufontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill & Belfast.

Mentioned in Despatched London Gazette – 10th September 1901.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 45535.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 56th Field Ambulance.

 

Grave Reference:

BA.I.48.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich,

Suffolk.

 

CENSUS

 

1871   11, Potter’s Street, Ipswich.

 

Benjamin was 2 years old and living with his parents, brother and widowed maternal grandmother.

Benjamin Christopher Bloomfield, 25, a Shipwright Caulker Boat Builder, born Ipswich.

Hester Hannah Bloomfield (nee Nunn), 20, born Harwich, Essex.

William Henry Bloomfield, 4 months, born Ipswich.

Hester Hannah Bloomfield, 63, born Harwich, Essex.

 

1881   The Essex Industrial School & House for Destitute Boys, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex.

 

Benjamin was 12 years old and an Inmate.

 

1891   St. Margaret, Station Hospital, Fort Pitt, Rochester, Kent.

 

Benjamin was 20 years old, a Soldier, ranked Private and an Attendant for the Medical Staff Corps.

 

 

1911   In Tents, Spa Corner, Retford, Nottinghamshire.

 

Benjamin was 42 years old, a Circus Groom for the Sanger Circus.

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