Corporal Thomas Bamford

Military General Service Medal 1793 – 1814 with Clasps Nivelle & Nive

Thomas Bamford was born C.1787 at Spotland, Rochdale, Lancashire, he was one of the first to enlist into the newly formed 2nd Battalion 84th Foot on the 23rd April 1807 for Limited Service 7 years. – Described as a Weaver, 5’9; fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair. He received a bounty of £3/3/-d,

He was promoted Corporal 25th April 1809, in July this year he would sail with the Battalion on the Expidition to the Scheldt. Whilst there he was reduced back to the rank of Private 15th September 1809; he also succumbed to the fever decimating the army, being sent to hospital 12th November 1809, before embarking ten days later for Harwich, where for the remainder of the year he was on furlough.

Returning to the Battalion at the end of January 1810 he was placed in the Grenadier Company; before they sailed to Ireland, Bamford would serve in detachments at Kilkenny and Fermoy.

29th July 1813, he sailed with the Battalion for Passages, Northern Spain, after observing the final moments of the siege of SanSebastian, the Battalion moved with the army, being one of the first Regiments to cross the Bidassoa into France, fighting at Nivelle, before arriving at the Nive, where Soult formed a stand lasting over three days from the 10th December 1813. During this Bamford was wounded in the right thigh and would spend 88 days between Regimental and General Hospital.

During his hospitalisation he was again promoted Corporal 31st January 1814. The Battalion returned to Ireland September 1814, with Bamford being discharged without pension as a 7 year man 27th November 1814.

The 1851 Census shows Thomas Bamford living at Wardleworth, Rochdale with his family.

27th January 1852, he made application for a late pension, having being wounded in the right thigh at Nive; he was awarded a pension of 6d per diem

Thomas Bamford died 30th December 1858 at Wardleworth, Rochdale