|Above: Staff Sergeant Charles William Bamford of the Army Service Corps is pictured at Woolwich, England wearing his medals for the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and the Gordon
Relief Expedition of 1884-85.
Farlie - Photographer
16 October, 1890
Enlisting in the Army Service Corps as No. 2416 Bamford held the appointment of bugler when he served in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. During the war he probably was attached to
general Newdigate’s Second Division during the second invasion of Zululand. For his service during the war Bugler Bamford was entitled to the 1877-79 South Africa Medal with the
Next we find Bamford attached to Sir Garnet Woseley’s river column during the Gordon Relief Expedition in 1884-85 during which he earned the Egypt Medal with the clasp “The
Nile 1884-85” as well as the bronze Khedive’s Star. The Egypt Medal roll shows Bamford having been appointed Lance Sergeant at the time of its publication and having been
attached to No. 9 Company.
Bamford had been promoted Staff Sergeant Major by 1895 when he took part in the Ashanti Campaign of 1895-96 and added the bronze Ashanti Star issued for that campaign to his
growing collection of campaign medals.
With the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War in 1899 Bamford – now and old and seasoned African hand – returned the land of his first foreign service now an Honorary Lieutenant and
Quarter Master. Here he added to his laurels with the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the clasps “Cape Colony”, “Transvaal” and “Relief of Ladysmith”. He also was entitled to
the King’s South Africa Medal with its “South Africa – 1901” and “South Africa – 1902” Clasps. Bamford also received two Mention in Despatches with the first appearing in the
London Gazette on 8 February, 1901 and the next on 10 September.
By 1914 and the outbreak of the Great War Captain & Quarter Master Bamford found himself one of “The Old Contemptibles” – members of the small professional army that would
soon be decimated the soon to become quagmire of the Western Front. Bamford disembarked for France on 10 August, 1914. Bamford seems to have served throughout the war
earning the 1914 Star, the British War and Victory Medals. He would also receive two more Mention in Despatches – the first appearing in the London Gazette on 29 May, 1917 and
the second on 25 may, 1918. With the end of the war Bamford at been appointed Honorary Major.
Bamford may have spent time in the West Indies during his time in the service since his wife Annie Isabel Veal whom he married on 2 July, 1891 was born on the islands. Honorary
Major Charles William Bamford passed away on 11 September, 1922 at Brighton, Sussex.
|Above: The reverse side of Bamford's photograph showing his 1890 inscription to an unknown recipient.