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.
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.
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.
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.