Corporal Robert Lendrum Bloomfield

 

Robert Lendrum Bloomfield was born on 7 August 1897 at Comaghy, near Fivemiletown, County Fermanagh, the tenth 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.

Bloomfield enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron between 10 and 20 November 1914 (No. UD/148). The squadron, which had been formed as divisional cavalry for the 36th (Ulster) Division, embarked for France on 6 October 1915.

In June 1916 Bloomfield's squadron came together with 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 September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and most of the men were transferred to the infantry. After training at the 36th (Ulster) Division Infantry Base Depot at Harfleur, the men, including Bloomfield, were formally transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 20 September and soon after were posted to the 9th (Service) Battalion – re-named the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – joining it in the field at Ruyaulcourt. Bloomfield was issued regimental number 41508.

No information has been discovered about Bloomfield's service with the 9th (NIH) Battalion through the latter part of 1917 and during 1918, though he probably saw action with the battalion at the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917.

On 26 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

Bloomfield married Annie Mary Carnwath on 25 July 1927. By 1934 he was living at 40 High Street, Omagh, County Tyrone, and working as a draper. He died on 25 October that year in University Street, Belfast, and was buried in the Omagh Cemetery.

 

Belfast News-Letter, 29 October 1934

 

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

 

This page last updated 31 January 2023.