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1885 - 1916


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1887 - 1916


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1894 - 1916


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Pte 24646 Thomas Bulfield

  • Age: 22
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
  • K.I.A Wednesday 18th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

Thomas Bulfield was born in 1894 in Liverpool and was the son of Thomas and May E. Bulfield, of 26 Wright St, Egremont, Cheshire. He was educated at St Paul’s School, Seacombe and was employed by Messrs: Bibby & Sons as a Steward aboard the S.S. Warwickshire. He attended St John’s Church in Egremont,

 

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 207 Wheatland Lane Seacombe Wallasey, Poulton cum Seacombe, Cheshire.

The Father Thomas is aged 41, born 1860 and his occupation is Warehouse Porter and was born in Liverpool. He is living with his four children, Eliza aged 20, born 1891 and occupation Domestic Nurse, Thomas William who is a Grocer’s assistant, Ethel Mary aged 11 , born 1900 and Amy Francis aged 8, born 1903 and both at school. The three daughters were all born in Birkenhead.

He enlisted in Liverpool and was serving in the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 24646 when he was killed in action on the 18th October 1916 aged 22 during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive.

Captain E. M. Builage wrote:

“I am more sorry than I can say about this your boy, who was such a comfort to me. He was truly wonderful, and never hesitated to face danger when it was necessary. With the deepest sympathy”.

Private John Quinn a comrade wrote:

“Dear Mrs Bulfield – I am writing you concerning Tom’s death. It happened I was about five yards from Tom, while he was doing splendid work for his comrades, by voluntarily carrying in the wounded from “No Man’s Land,” while doing this he was instantly killed by a German sniper, consequently suffering no pain. I cannot vouch as to how he was buried, but I presume when things had got a little quiet, he would be buried near where he was killed in the best possible way under the circumstances. I trust you will understand, Mrs Bulfield, the difficulty of carrying away casualties on a battlefield therefore, making it impossible to erect a cemetery for our brave comrades who are killed in action. Tom was liked by all those that knew him, and being an officer’s servant myself along with Tom we were naturally in each other company all the time. I can fully understand your feelings for your only son and you have my deepest sympathy.”   

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

He is also commemorated on the Wallasey Civic Memorial and Roll of Honour, St John’s C. of E. Church, Egremont and St John’s C. of E. Church Young Men’s Club, Egremont.

We currently have no further information on Thomas Bulfield, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.

England & Wales Birth Records show Joseph was born in 1894 and the Census records hold the year 1895.

 

His father also served with the R.G.A. based at Canterbury.
























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