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Bainbridge Thomas Lindsay
5th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers attached to the 3rd Northumbrian Signal Coy. Royal Engineers
24 april 1882 , Holmwood , Newcastle-on-Tyne
26 april 1915
Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hudson Bainbridge, of Eshott Hall, Felton, Northumberland
Educated privately and at Dr. Osborn's , Colwyn Bay
Prior to him being gazetted to the 5th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers , he had held a commission in the Engineer Volunteers and subsequently was a cadet in the senior division , Durham University O.T.C.
Qualified as an electrical engineer and the entered the shipbuilding yard of Messrs.Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson , at Wallsend.
Birr Cross Roads Cemetery
Plot III , Row B , Stone 18
Military footsteps :
He received his first commission in 1913 as a commander in the signalling section and was in the Special Reserve of Officers.
On the outbreak of war he volunteered for Imperial service and after being stationed at Blyth left for the Front about the middle of April 1915.
He was killed in action at Ypres on the 26th of the same month.
An extract from an unidentifed eye witness account :
" Last night , after dark , we buried Lt. Bainbridge and others . It was the most impressive ceremony I attended.
It was a beautiful moonlight night as we carried the bodies down the line wrapped in blankets and lying on stretchers. As we passed each entrenched battalion the men stood to 'Attention' .
At about a quarter of a mile from the trenches , on a piece of ground where about six other officers lie buried , we laid him to rest. The guns were roaring on every side and the hughe fire-balls the Germans threw into the air illuminated the sky."
During his service in the 5th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers he endeavoured to qualify himself in every way to become as efficient soldier as possible , and with this in view he did a month's tour of duty at the regimental depot , receiving a good report.
He also qualified for promotion to Captain (examination B). He took a month's course in signaling at Bulford Camp at the end of which he qualified most satisfactorily.
After this he became battalion signalling officer ,and never spared himself in bringing his signallers into as high a state of efficiency as possible in all branches of military signalling.
He also became interested in "wireless" and provided himself with an apparatus which he studied with great zeal and ability.
He was a popular officer , with all ranks , was a keen rifle shot , and in 1913 won the revolver championship of Northumberland.
He was also a very keen motorist , and , in fact , an all-round sportsman.
24 november 1893
25 fenruary 1915
Enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment
Served nine years in the Regulars and three in the Reserve, and saw service in Khartoum and Atbara , for which he received the medal with two bars.
Served in the South African Campaign ( medal) and Soudan ( medal with two bars);
On mobilisation he was called up, served in France and Flanders
Afterwards he went back to the Front and died of wounds received in action at Ypres