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Bulmer

Selected Biographies

Bulmer, Alfred – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 15.4.1860.[1] Parents: James Bulmer (Bricklayer) and Elizabeth [née Branwhite] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Father to Alfred Bulmer [b1887], William Frederick James Bulmer [b1888], Charles Bulmer [b1893]; also, uncle of Herbert Edwin Bulmer [b1882], Henry James Bulmer [b1884], Arthur John Bulmer [b1884], Frederick Charles Bulmer [b1888] and Thomas Clifford H. Bulmer [b1892].  Home: High Street, Long Melford (1861), Hall Street, Long Melford (1871), on board the troopship HMS Jumna bound for India (1881), Liston Lane, Long Melford (1891), St Marys Street, Long Melford (1901, 1911).  Occupation: Soldier (1881), Bricklayer’s Labourer (1891), Drug Grinder at the Stafford Allen Works (1901), Labourer (1911).  Married: Eleanor ‘Ellen’ Ringer in 1885.  Service Record: Alfred enlisted in 1877 as Pte.7634a with 63rd [West Suffolk] Regiment of Foot, transferring in 1879 as Pte.1926 to 96th Regiment of Foot, part of 16th Infantry Brigade.  His service record shows that he was wounded and distinguished himself by his actions.  The regiment was stationed in India and took an active role in the Second Anglo-Afghan War; however, this had ended before Bulmer’s arrival at Umballa in the Punjab in 1881.  In 1881 the 63rd and 96th Regiments were amalgamated forming the Manchester Regiment.  Alfred returned to England and was placed on the Army Reserve, receiving his discharge in 1891.[2]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1933.

Bulmer, Alfred – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 9.6.1887.[3]  Parents: Alfred Bulmer (Drug Grinder) [see record above] and Eleanor ‘Ellen’ [née Ringer] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother to William Frederick James Bulmer [b1888] and Charles Bulmer [b1893]; also, cousin of Herbert Edwin Bulmer [b1882], Henry James Bulmer [b1884], Arthur John Bulmer [b1884], Frederick Charles Bulmer [b1888] and Thomas Clifford H. Bulmer [b1892].  Home: Liston Lane, Long Melford (1891), St Marys Street, Long Melford (1901), 112-118 Gower Street, London (1911), 48 St Catherines Road, Long Melford (1939) to [1957].  Occupation: Seed Drier in Chemical Works (1901), Delivery Porter for Messrs Shortbread & Co. (1911), Sheet Metal Worker and Motor Radiator Repairer (1939).  Married: Flora ‘Florrie’ Theobald [d1920] in 1912 and Jessie Elizabeth Goody in 1925.  Service Record: No definitive military record found.  Died: Long Melford, Suffolk on 29.5.1957.[4]

Bulmer, Arthur John – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 23.1.1884.[5]  Parents: Joshua Bulmer (Coconut Mat Maker) and Martha [née Ambrose] (Confectioner and Newsagent).  Family Connections: Brother to Frederick Charles Bulmer [b1887] and Thomas Clifford Bulmer [b1892]; also, nephew of Alfred Bulmer [b1860], and cousin of Herbert Edwin Bulmer [b1882], Henry James Bulmer [b1884], Alfred Bulmer [b1887], William Frederick James Bulmer [b1888] and Charles Bulmer [b1893].  Home: St Marys Street, Long Melford (1891), HMS Ganges Training Ship, Harwich, Essex (1901), HMS Boadicea, Harwich Harbour, Essex (1911), 5 St Stephens Street, Edinburgh [1921].  Occupation: Sailor (1901 and 1911), Merchant Seaman [1918 to 1921].  Service Record: Arthur enlisted in 1902 for a period of 12 years as Stoker No. 211921 in the Royal Navy, serving on the scout cruisers HMS Boadicea and HMS Foresight from 1910 to 1912 and the depot ship HMS Alecto in 1913.[6]  In 1918 he joined the Merchant Navy as a Fireman/Stoker.  Died: Arthur died at sea of heart failure while serving on the SS Baron Berwick on 9.9.1921.[7]

Bulmer, Charles – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 2.4.1892.[8]  Parents: Alfred Bulmer (Drug Grinder) [see record above] and Eleanor ‘Ellen’ [née Ringer] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother to Alfred Bulmer [b1887] and William Frederick James Bulmer [b1888]; also, cousin of Herbert Edwin Bulmer [b1882], Henry James Bulmer [b1884], Arthur John Bulmer [b1884], Frederick Charles Bulmer [b1888] and Thomas Clifford H. Bulmer [b1892].  Home: Liston Lane, Long Melford [1896], St Marys Street, Long Melford (1901), Military Barracks, Colchester, Essex (1911), 50 Frith Road, Leytonstone, London [1919], 3 Newmans Road, Sudbury, Suffolk (1939) to [1961].  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer [1910], Soldier (1911), Park Attendant (1939).  Married: Maud Griggs in 1915.  Service Record: Before 1910 Charles served with 3rd [Militia] Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.  He enlisted in June 1910 as Pte.9370 with 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Own [West Yorkshire] Regiment, being posted to Malta from 1912 to 25.9.1914.  He was promoted to Lance Corporal and on 5.11.1914 was posted to France as part of 23rd Brigade, 8th Division.  He received a bullet wound to his left arm on 3.12.1914, whilst in the front line near Neuve Chapelle, taken initially to No. 7 Casualty Clearing Station at Merville where his arm was amputated, returning to England three weeks later for further treatment.  He was issued with a Silver War Badge and discharged on 28.2.1915 due to wounds.[9]  Died: Sudbury, Suffolk on 18.12.1961.[10]

Bulmer, Frederick Charles – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 13.3.1887.[11]  Parents: Joshua Bulmer (Coconut Mat Maker) and Martha [née Ambrose] (Confectioner and Newsagent).  Family Connections: Brother to Arthur John Bulmer [b1884] and Thomas Clifford Bulmer [b1892]; also, nephew of Alfred Bulmer [b1860], and cousin of Herbert Edwin Bulmer [b1882], Henry James Bulmer [b1884], Alfred Bulmer [b1887], William Frederick James Bulmer [b1888] and Charles Bulmer [b1893].  Home: St Marys Street, Long Melford (1891 and 1901), 128 Old Heath Road, Colchester, Essex (1911), St Marys, Long Melford (1939), 2 Nell Gwynn Cottages, St Catherines Road, Long Melford [1951].  Occupation: Tram Conductor (1911), Waiter [1915], Newsagent (1939).  Married: Alice Osborne Hatch in 1904 [d1932] and May Hurst in 1942.  Service Record: Frederick enlisted on 4.12.1915 as Able Seaman No. Z/4670 with 4th [Collingwood] Battalion, 63rd [Royal Naval] Division.  It is possible that Bulmer was sent to France in May 1916 when the rest of the Division was posted to the Somme sector of the Western Front.  He received his discharge in 1919.[12]  Died: Long Melford, Suffolk in 1951.

Bulmer, Harry James – Born: Lincoln, Lincolnshire in 1884.  Parents: Arthur Bulmer of Long Melford (Brewer’s Agent) and Mary [née Williams].  Family Connections: Brother to Herbert Edwin Bulmer [b1882]; also, nephew of Alfred Bulmer [b1860], and cousin of Alfred Bulmer [b1887], William Frederick James Bulmer [b1888], Charles Bulmer [b1893], Arthur John Bulmer [b1884], Frederick Charles Bulmer [b1888] and Thomas Clifford H. Bulmer [b1892].  Home: 16 Waterside North, Lincoln, Lincs (1891), 33 Monks Road, Lincoln (1901), 112 Scorer Street, Lincoln (1911), 1 Shakespeare Terrace, Shakespeare Street, Lincoln [1947].  Occupation: Tinplate Worker (1901), Tinsmith (1911).  Service Record: No definitive military record found.  Died: Lincoln, Lincs on 11.5.1947.

Bulmer, Herbert Edwin – Born: Lincoln, Lincolnshire in 1882.  Parents: Arthur Bulmer of Long Melford (Brewer’s Agent) and Mary [née Williams].  Family Connections: Brother to Henry James Bulmer [b1884]; also, nephew of Alfred Bulmer [b1860], and cousin of Alfred Bulmer [b1887], William Frederick James Bulmer [b1888], Charles Bulmer [b1893], Arthur John Bulmer [b1884], Frederick Charles Bulmer [b1888] and Thomas Clifford H. Bulmer [b1892].  Home: 16 Waterside North, Lincoln, Lincs (1891), Thoresway, Lincs (1901).  Occupation: Groom (1901), Labourer [1901].  Service Record: Herbert enlisted in 1901 as Pte.5099 with 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, purchasing his discharge in 1903.  It is not known if he served during the First World War.[13]

Bulmer, Thomas Clifford – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 31.3.1892.[14]  Parents: Joshua Bulmer (Coconut Mat Maker) and Martha [née Ambrose] (Confectioner and Newsagent).  Family Connections: Brother to Arthur John Bulmer [b1884] and Frederick Charles Bulmer [b1887]; also, nephew of Alfred Bulmer [b1860], and cousin of Herbert Edwin Bulmer [b1882], Henry James Bulmer [b1884], Alfred Bulmer [b1887], William Frederick James Bulmer [b1888] and Charles Bulmer [b1893].  Home: St Marys Street, Long Melford (1901), 14/26 Carter Lane, London (1911), 193 Maple Road, Penge, Kent [1939].  Occupation: Waiter for Dawsons and Leafs Ltd (1911).  Married: Ellen Sceats in 1917.  Service Record: No definitive military record found.  Died: Penge, Kent on 24 3.1939.[15]

Bulmer, William Frederick James – Born: Long Melford, Suffolk on 16.6.1888.[16]  Parents: Alfred Bulmer (Drug Grinder) [see record above] and Eleanor ‘Ellen’ [née Ringer] (Horsehair Weaver).  Family Connections: Brother to Alfred Bulmer [b1887] and Charles Bulmer [b1893]; also, cousin of Herbert Edwin Bulmer [b1882], Henry James Bulmer [b1884], Arthur John Bulmer [b1884], Frederick Charles Bulmer [b1888] and Thomas Clifford H. Bulmer [b1892].  Home: Liston Lane, Long Melford (1891), St Marys Street, Long Melford (1901), Hall Street, Long Melford (1911 to 1939).  Occupation: Agricultural Labourer (1911), General Labourer (1939).  Married: Mary Rhoda Gooch in 1909.  Service Record: No definitive military record found.  Died: West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk on 21.4.1960.[17]

Related Biographies

Bird, Augustus ‘Leonard’ – Born: Lavenham, Suffolk on 2.9.1877.[18]  Parents: Leonard Bulmer Bird (Mat Maker) and Louisa [née Gosling].  Family Connections: Brother to George Charles Bird [b1879].  Home: 4 Walnut Tree Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk (1881), St Marys Street, Long Melford (1891), Purbeck Place, Littlehampton, Sussex (1911 to 1939).  Occupation: Saddler’s Apprentice (1891), Labourer (1911), Harness Maker for Harris & Son of Littlehampton (1921 to 1939).  Married: Sara Kate Elsden (Laundress) in 1910.  Service Record: Augustus served as Spr.139849 with the Royal Engineers during the First World War.[19]  Died: Worthing, Sussex in 1947.

Bird, George Charles – Born: Sudbury, Suffolk in 1879.  Parents: Leonard Bulmer Bird (Mat Maker) and Louisa [née Gosling].  Family Connections: Brother to Augustus Leonard Bird [b1877].  Home: 4 Walnut Tree Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk (1881), St Marys Street, Long Melford (1891), 14 Ellerslie Road, Clapham, London (1911), 5 Walpole Road, Colliers Wood, Mitcham, Surrey [1915] to (1921).  Occupation: Journeyman Baker (1911), Baker’s Carman [1915], Baker for Hill & Son of Westminster (1921).  Married: Ethel Josephine Bull in 1902.  Service Record: George was conscripted on 9.12.1915 as Pte.19425 with the Army Veterinary Corps, being posted to France on 15.8.1916 and receiving his discharge in March 1919.[20]  Died: Mid Surrey in 1938.

Notes – [1] Date of birth taken from Baptism Register of Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. [2] Chelsea Hospital British Army Service Record. [3] Date of birth taken from the 1939 Register. [4] Death from the. National Probate Calendar. [5] Date of birth from RN Record. [6] Royal Navy Registers of Seaman’s Services [ADM 188/370/211921]. [7] Board of Trade Register of Deceased Seaman [BT 334/195]. [8] Date of birth from Admission Register 12.5.1896, St Catherines Infants School, Long Melford.  The 1939 Register for Sudbury, Suffolk records his birth date as 24.3.1893. [9] For details of 2nd West Yorkshire’s movements see War Diary [WO 95/1714/1]; for a personal account see ‘Lance-Corporal Bulmer’s Experience’ in Suffolk and Essex Free Press 17.2.1915.  See also his Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363], Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War, Silver War Badge [WO 329] record [ref: 84589], Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329] and Service Medal and Award Rolls Index Cards 1914-1922 [WO 372]. [10] Date of death from the National Probate Calendar. [11] Date of birth from the 1939 Register for Long Melford and his RN Record which records his birth date as 13.3.1888. [12] Royal Naval Division: Records of Service [ADM 339/1/5072] and Medal and Award Rolls [ADM 171/125]. [13] Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363]. [14] Date of birth taken from the 1939 Register. [15] Date of death from the. National Probate Calendar. [16] Date of birth taken from the 1939 Register. [17] Date of death from the. National Probate Calendar. [18] Date of birth taken from the 1939 Register. [19] Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1918 [WO 329]. [20] Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ [WO 363].

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Research by David Gevaux MA © 2023

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