EDWARD SPENCER BANTOFT

 

Born: 1888, Ipswich.

Died: 11th September 1916; age: 29; Died of Wounds – he was severely wounded on the 10th September while being relieved after a spell in the trenches.

Residence: Paddock House, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey.

Occupation: Solicitor.

Edward joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. in October, 1914, and soon obtained the rank of Sergeant. In April 1915, he was gazetted to the London Rifle Brigade, and distinguished himself in musketry, obtaining the ‘D’ mark at Hythe. In January 1916, he was placed in charge of the Musketry Instruction of his Regiment.

On the 4th July 1916, he joined the 1st Battalion in France, and was appointed Intelligence Officer. He was later promoted to Lieutenant, and appointed Sniping Officer.

Ipswich School magazine – November 1916

 

Rank: Lieutenant.

Regiment: London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade), 1st/5th Battalion.


August 1914 : at 130 Bunhill Row. Part of 2nd London Brigade, 1st London Division. Moved on mobilisation to Bisley, going on in September to Crowborough.
5 November 1914 : left the Division and landed at Le Havre.
17 November 1914 : came under command of 11th Brigade in 4th Division.
19 May 1915 : transferred to GHQ Troops and formed a composite unit with 1/12th and 1/13th Bns. Resumed identity 11 August.
25 October 1915 : transferred to 8th Brigade in 3rd Division.
10 February 1916 : transferred to 169th Brigade in 56th (London) Division.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

2.D.5.

Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of H.B. & C.A. Bantoft, of Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   131, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

 

Edward was 3 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Harry Briddon Bantoft, 30, a Tailor, born Ipswich.

Cecilia Alice Bantoft (nee Walker), 28, born Chelsea, Middlesex.

John Briddon Bantoft, 6, born Ipswich.

1 visitor.

 

1901   ‘The Beeches’ Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

 

Edward was 13 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Harry, 40, a Tailor – employer.

Cecilia, 38.

John, 16.

1 general domestic servant.

 

1911   Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey.

 

Edward was 23 years old, a Solicitor. He was living with his parents & brother.

Harry, 50, a Dairyman – employer.

Cecilia, 48.

John, 26, a Dairyman – employer.

1 general domestic servant.

 

Edward attended Ipswich School – entered January 1896 – Midsummer 1903. In 1901, he was promoted to the VIth Form, and became a Prefect. While at school he passed the Oxford & Cambridge Higher Certificate Examination, and won many School prizes. In 1902, he won a Bartlet Scholarship. Edward was a member of the School O.T.C. on it’s formation, and attained the rank of Corporal. He was a member of the Games’ Committee, and Captain of the 2nd Cricket XI. in his last season, and an occasional player in the 1st XI.

Edward was articled to a solicitor on leaving school. In 1908, at the age of 21, he passed his final examination with 3rd Class honours, Law Society.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to John Bantoft Esq. – brother.

 

Probate to John Bridden Bantoft – dairyman – brother.

Edwards ceremonial officers sword was presented to Ipswich School in his memory by the family and is remembered on Ipswich Schools Memorial.

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