ALBERT BAYFIELD

 

Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Private 62878. 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), Formerly 38982, Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action Wednesday 11th April 1917
Age 41
Born Hunworth, enlisted Cromer, resident Sheringham
Son of Ellis and Bridgett Bayfield, of Hunworth, Holt, Norfolk; husband of Eliza Bayfield, of "Schieldt", Barford Road, Sheringham
Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Bay 3

Personal Account

Albert Ellis Bayfield, died aged 41, 11th April 1917

Wife:- Eliza Pegg
Children:- Bridget, William, Joseph, Wilfred, Lewis, Florence

Signed up in Cromer and was initially with the Middlesex Regiment but subsequently transferred to the City of London Regiment in the Royal Fusiliers after an incident on the parade ground prior to embarkation where he took exception to being reprimanded by a young officer for some issue to do with his uniform.

 

He threw down his rifle and was then marched away to Military Prison for a short period of time before being transferred to 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).

We in the family do not know much about his service only that given his age he would not have had to go to war but as many others he wanted to do his duty and duly signed up in Cromer, apparently having decided following a trip to the pub and the fact he belonged to a local shooting club and was a good marksman.

This was against the wishes of my Great Grandmother, Eliza who was left at home looking after 7 young children.

What we do know is that although he was a kind natured family man, he was a man with a short temper.

Given his age and lack of previous military experience (he was a builder by trade and indeed worked on the construction of St Peters Church in town), he was due to be sent to a lesser ferocious area with the Middlesex Regiment.

While on the parade ground, I believe during a ceremony prior to embarkation he was inspected by a younger Officer and pulled up for something to do with his uniform and took exception to it.

 

He hurled down his rifle and was marched off and spent a short time in military prison before being transferred into the 13th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers who fought as part of the 37th Division and ultimately sent to fight in the Second Battle of Arras which starred on 9th April 1917.

Albert Was killed in action on 11th April. I believe the area which he died in was Monchy-Le-Preux in the First Battle of the Scarpe.

I am keen to find out more about him and am hoping to visit the National Archives at Kew in the near future.

Kind regards, Rob Henry

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