Ambrose Bodman

Memorial: Bitton - St Mary's Church

Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 203292

Parents: John Thomas and Mary Bodman

Home address: 13 Redfield Hill, Oldland Common, Bristol

Date of birth: 07/05/1898

Place of birth: Oldland Common, Bristol

Date of death: 31/07/1917

Buried/Commemorated at: He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panell 22 and 34.), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium and Bitton War Memorial.

Age: 19

Further information:

Ambrose was born at Oldland Common, a middle child of five with two brothers and two sisters. Ambrose enlisted in the army at the age of 17 and mobilised to France with his battalion where he fought in the Battles of the Somme. Ambrose died on the first day of the Battles of Ypres in The Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Small gains were made by the allies during this engagement but at a cost of 32,000 casualties. Ambrose was killed in action on that day but his body was never found or identified and The Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, where he is remembered, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died in Belgium during WW1 and have no known grave. Ambrose died two months after his elder brother William.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Kingswood Heritage Museum