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   Lieutenant Joseph Lamont Bamford
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Dated added: 17/04/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 15 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (British Air Force)
Date Of Birth: 05/01/1894
Died: 20/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Joseph Bamford was the son of Joseph and Margaret Bamford. He was born on 5th January 1894 in Kilrea. He was the only son and youngest of five children. The family had a drapers shop in Kilrea. Prior to the war, Joe worked for J B Ferguson Ltd in Belfast. He was posted to Commander Locker-Lampson's Armoured Car Squadron and served with that unit in Belgium. He was later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and became a pilot. On 20th August 1917, Joe was reported as missing, believed killed. As Lieutenant Bamford’s plane fell behind enemy lines, he was buried by the Germans. In 1921, his body was later exhumed and reburied in the Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Salonika Lembet Road Military Cemetery
  Thessalonika, Salonika, 12
Grave Ref: Grave 1611
CWGC Casualty 624266
The Cemetery is on the northern outskirts of Thessalonika, it lies on the west side of the road to Serres, Langada Street, adjoining the Roman Catholic, French and Italian War Cemeteries.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 61
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Bamford family 1901 census lists Jos Lamont as age 7 living with the family at house 59 in Maghera Street, Kilrea, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Bamford family 1911 census lists Joseph Lamont as age 17 living with the family at house 42 in Maghera Street, Kilrea, Londonderry
3 Bamford family Full biography of Lieutenant Joseph Lamont Bamford including photos
4 Kilrea Church 1st Presbyterian Graveyard Lieutenant Joseph Lamont Bamford commemorated on family grave
5 National Archives UK Non-digitised information on 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Bamford, King's Own Scottish Borderers.
6 National Archives UK Medal card of Lieutenant Joseph Lamont Bamford can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lieutenant Joseph Lamont Bamford's grave can be purchased here
8 Who's Your Daddy Wikigenealogy Family tree
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023