Rolls of Honour: Christchurch, Windhill; St Paul’s, Shipley, Tyne Cot
Regiment: West Riding
Arthur James Bloomfield
Arthur James Bloomfield was the son of Alfred Bloomfield.Alfred was born 1853 in Norton, Suffolk. He married Sarah Barrell in 1877. They lived in Norton with Alfred working as a labourer.Arthur, the fourth of eleven children, was born 1883 in Norton. By 1901 the family were living at 4 Bath Lane in Shipley. Alfred was working as assistant yard man and Arthur as a cattle man. In 1911 Alfred, working as a carter, was the head of house, living with seven of his siblings at 5 Holdsworth Street in Windhill.Arthur married Maud Braithwaite
on 1 November 1913 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Shipley. At the time he was living at 7 Robert Street in Windhill. Arthur, living at 15 Norwood Street in Shipley, enlisted 4 December 1915 and he was held in reserve. He was mobilised 14 August 1916; he went to France 4 January 1917 as a Private with the 1st /6th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. He died 26 November 1917 and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial near Leper in Belgium.On 21 December 1917, the Shipley Times & Express published:
News of the death of Pte Arthur J Bloomfield, son of the late Mr and Mrs Bloomfield of Windhill Crag, has come to hand during the week.He went out to France just a little short of a year ago and was invalided home with muscular rheumatism about Easter.After spending some weeks in a hospital in Surrey and later at a convalescent camp at Ripon, he again joined his regiment, the West Ridings, at North Shields and from there returned to France on 9th September.He met his death whole holding the line at Bourion Wood on 26th November.
Four years ago he married Maud, the second daughter of Mr B Braithwaite of Carr Lane, and resided at Norwood Terrace, Shipley.He was a member of the Windhill Wesleyan Mission and at the time of leaving for the army he was one of the chapel stewards.By his quiet, unassuming disposition he won the admiration and confidence of those with whom he associated and much sympathy has already been expressed by those who knew him well.Prior to being called up he was in the employ of H Cullingworth, wool merchants of Bradford.
Thanks to Colin Coates for his help in this research