1st Day Somme officer casualty. Lieutenant John Walton Bamber 10th KOYLI. Killed in action. Born Ladysmith. 1906 Rebellion veteran.

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British War Medal on replacement ribbon

Named Lieut JW Bamber.

John Walton Bamber was born in Ladysmith 16th October 1887

As a teenager he lived through the Siege of Ladysmith during the Anglo Boer War.

He served in the Natal Militia during the 1906 Rebellion and was a member of the Natal Civil Service.

He moved in 1912 to Canterbury to train as an anglican priest.

After the outbreak of WW1 he was commissioned into the 10th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

John (known as Jack) took part in the Battle of Loos then on 1st July 1916 he was killed in action a few yards from the German trenches by a rifle or machine-gun bullet .

His body was never recovered but he is believed to be buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers La Boisselle.

The is a good photo of him in uniform available online .

 

(Note there is a small crack to where pin goes through suspender and suspender is slightly bent)

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