Edward Bloomfield

Edward Bloomfield was born 1883 in Wigan, Lancashire. His parents were Robert Bloomfield and Ellen Molyneux.

1911 census: the family were living at 157, Staffordshire Street, Sacriston, Co. Durham. A nephew, John Molyneux, born Hindley, Lancashire, was staying with them. Edward was staying with an aunt and uncle, Mary Ann and William Thirlaway, at 2, East View, Station Town, Wingate, Co. Durham. He was working as a coal miner/hewer.

Also living in Wingate, at 41, Millbank Terrace, Station Town, was his future wife, Eliza Dover, whom he married September 16,1911 at Easington Register Office. Eliza had a son, Frederick Kendal Dover, son of William Soulsby.

Attested: February 27, 1915 at Durham. Edward was 32 years 2 months old. He was a miner. Edward was 5' 1" tall.

Army number: 19/122. Rank: Private. Unit: 19th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.

Edward listed his children as Rebecca, born December 16, 1913 and Frederick Kendal, born September 21, 1910, at Station Town, Hutton Henry. Sadly Rebecca's name is then crossed through as she had died of whooping cough and convulsions September 16, 1915.

Edward embarked for France from Southampton January 31, 1916. He was transferred to the 173rd Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers, March 20, 1916 and served in the field. July 13, 1916 he was then attached to the 1/6th West Yorks Regiment. A week later Edward received a gunshot wound to his head. He was sent back to England August 8, 1916.

Edward was posted to the 14th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry April 1917. June 11, 1917 he disembarked at Boulogne.

Edward was killed in action November 20, 1917 at the Battle of Cambrai, age 34.

Edward is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Panel 10.

Edward's possessions - cards, photos, 2 Rel. Books, and a wallet - were posted back to his wife Eliza, who was living at Mavins Buildings, Findon Hill, Sacriston. She received them April 1, 1918.

Edward Bloomfield is the great uncle of Marian Galloway of Newton Aycliffe.