Thursday, 7 May 2015

Thomas Francis Bellamy 1892-1915

1915 wedding photo of Thomas Bellamy and Edith Hammond
(from KH, grandson of Edith)
June Q 1892 Mortomley, Chapeltown, Sheffield

Son of:
Arthur Frederick Bellamy b.1864 Chapeltown d.1930 Barnsley

1911: Bricklayer of 21 Hoyle Mill Road, Stairfoot, Barnsley
married in Chapeltown on 31 August 1887
Bertha (maiden name Rodgers) b.1864 Mortomley d.1948 Barnsley

Position in family: The second of 7 children (one died before 1911)
1. Ruby May Bellamy b.1891
2. Thomas Francis Bellamy b.1892 WW1 KILLED

3. Constance Bellamy b.1894 d.1896
4. Reginald Bellamy b.1896
5. Frank Chapman Bellamy b.1900
6. Edith Bellamy b.1902
7. Arthur Frederick Bellamy b.1906 d.1928

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: Forster Street, Stairfoot, Barnsley age 8
1911: 21 Hoyle Mill Road, Stairfoot, Barnsley age 18 Engine Fitter, Mineral Water Machinery


He was married in June Q 1915 in Barnsley District 
(according to KH, a week before he left for France)
to Edith Hammond

He had no children

Military Service:
Enlisted: in Barnsley

Arrived in France on 13 April 1915
Regiment and Battalion:    1st/5th York and Lancaster Regiment
Service number and rank:  1101  Sergeant
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1915 Star

Death:     13 October 1915  aged 23 years
Buried at: Bard Cottage Cemetery, France
Grave Reference: I. L. 27.

He is remembered on his parents' gravestone in Ardsley Cemetery and on
Stairfoot, Wesleyan Reform Church WW1 Roll of Honour, Hunningley Lane and the
Ardsley, Christ Church, Christ Church Parishioners - WW1 Plaque 

With grateful thanks to KH for bringing the huge photograph of Edith and Thomas into Barnsley Archives so that it could be scanned for us.  Thomas' widow remarried and went on to become KH's grandmother.

Thomas' story on  Lives of the First World War

A death notice in the Barnsley Chronicle on 30 October 1915 read:
Bellamy - In affectionate remembrance of Sergt. T. F. Bellamy, the loving husband of Edith Bellamy, machine gun section 1/5th Y. and L., killed in France October 13th. 
A devoted husband, a faithful friend.
One of the best that God could lend;
He bravely answered duty's call,
His life he gave for one and all.
But the unknown grave is the bitterest blow,
None but an aching heart can know.

Mrs. Bellamy and family sincerely thank all friends for their kind sympathy.
Another, from his parents in the same edition of the newspaper: 
Bellamy - In affectionate remembrance of Sergt. Thos F. Bellamy, Machine Gun Section. 1/5 York and Lancs Regt., the dearly loved son of Arthur F. and Bertha Bellamy, 21 Hoyle Mill Road, Stairfoot, killed in action 13th October, in France, aged 23 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Bellamy and family wish to thank all friends for their kind sympathy.
Barnsley Chronicle 30 October 1915 (with thanks to Barnsley Archives)
Lest We Forget.

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