Private Joseph Ronald Bloomfield

 

Joseph Ronald Bloomfield was born on 21 June 1891 at Comaghy, near Fivemiletown, County Fermanagh, the fifth of thirteen children of farmer James Bloomfield and his wife Margaret (née Lendrum). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Comaghy with his parents and five of his ten surviving siblings, and working on the family farm.

Bloomfield enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron between 13 and 19 October 1914 (No. UD/30 – later Corps of Dragoons No.21221). The squadron, which had been formed as divisional cavalry for the 36th (Ulster) Division, embarked for France on 6 October 1915. Bloomfield, together with around thirty others of the squadron, was attached to 36th Division Headquarters – possibly serving as batman to a senior officer.

In June 1916 the Inniskilling squadron joined C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until August 1917 when it was disbanded and its men transferred to the infantry.

Bloomfield however was not with the 2nd (NIH) Regiment at the time. Records suggest that he remained attached to divisional headquarters, and then to the 5th Army's General Headquarters.

On 9 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve. He was granted a pension for a period of time due to 'DAH' (disordered action of the heart), which was attributed to his military service.

Bloomfield married Winifred Mulholland in North Down on 16 April 1924. By 1957 he was living at 12 Farmley Park, Glengormley, County Antrim, and working as a greengrocer. He died on 15 December that year.

 

One of Bloomfield's brothers, Robert Lendrum Bloomfield, also served in the war, in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron.

 

This page last updated 31 January 2023.