‚ÄčRoyton Roll of Honour

Ordinary Seaman
Royal Navy
HMS Edinburgh
Age - 21
Date of Death - 02/05/1942
Service No - D/JX 250281
Plymouth Naval Memorial
Panel Ref: Panel 67, Column 1

On 2 May, however, after driving off attack by torpedo aircraft, she was attacked off Bear Island by German destroyers (damaging the German vessel Hermann Schoemann so badly that it had to be scuttled), but was agained torpedoed, and later had to be abandoned, being finally sunk by torpedo from the destroyer HMS Foresight, 2 officers and 56 ratings were lost. In addtion to those losses further men were killed when the ships carrying them home were also lost. For an excellent account of the final days and hours of the HMS Edinburgh please click on the link on Walter Gomery's name below.
An incomplete list of those who died (including another local lad,Clifford Stockport from Chadderton) on that day along with John is:

BEATTIE, Patrick K, Stoker 2c, D/KX 118339, 21 year old,Ayrshire
BLEAKLEY, Joseph, Able Seaman, D/SSX 27362, 21 yo, Bolton
BLUNDELL, Peter, Able Seaman, D/JX 223496, 25 yo, Liverpool
BROAD, Colin G, Stoker 2c, D/KX 138087
BROWN, John B, Ty/Leading Stoker, D/KX 79784, Seaham
CARTER, Donald M, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 288532, 35 yo,Liverpool
COLEMAN, William, Ty/Act/Leading Stoker, D/KX 105116,21 yo,St Helens
DAVIS, Charles E, Petty Officer, D/J 93416, 39 yo,Cornwall
DEVONPORT, William, Stoker 1c, D/KX 100748, 20 yo, Leeds
EVANS, Albert E, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 166464, 19 yo,Cheshire
GIBSON, Andrew, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 166477, 19 yo, Glasgow
GOMERY, Walter E, Boy 1c, D/JX 170203,18 yo, Yorkshire
GRAY, Thomas I, Chief Petty Officer Cook, D/MX 45516, 36 yo,Monmouthshire
HARRINGTON, John, Stoker 1c, D/KX 112421, 26 yo, Glamorgan
HARRIS, Frederick W, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 239116
HELLYER, Samuel G, Petty Officer, D/JX 142006, 25 yo,Devonport
HILLER, Benjamin A, Able Seaman, D/SSX 27599, 23 yo,Belfast
HOLT, Neville, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 163655, 18 yo,Sale
HOOKINGS, Thomas E, Act/Leading Stoker, D/K 65032, 40 yo,Devonport
HORSFIELD, Andrew, Stoker 1c, D/KX 103875, 22 yo,Yorkshire
JONES, George W, Stoker 2c, D/KX 134083, 35 yo,Gloucester
JONES, Ronald J, Able Seaman, D/JX 188034, Carmarthenshire
JONES, Thomas, Stoker 1c, D/KX 99764, 22 yo,Lancashire
LLOYD, Ifor O, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 250126
MARSDEN, Harry, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 250503,21 yo,Nelson
MARTIN, Thomas, Able Seaman, D/SSX 28455, 20 yo,Ardwick
MCDONALD, Donald, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 302388, 23 yo
MOREY, Henry S G, Able Seaman, D/JX 95678, 39 yo,Southsea
MURPHY, Charles, Stoker 2c, D/KX 118021, 25 yo,Glasgow
NASH, George H, Boy 1c, D/JX 162888, 17 yo,Dundee
OATES, Dudley, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 170315, 18 yo,Edinburgh
O'HAGAN, Bernard R, Stoker 1c, D/KX 109521
SMITH, Edwin A, Stoker 2c, D/KX 129360, Bristol
SMITH, Mark R, Able Seaman, D/JX 159032, 37 yo,Devonport
SPICER, William G E, Able Seaman, D/SSX 29593, 20 yo,Bedminster
STOCKPORT, Clifford, Stoker 2c, D/KX 127890, 26 yo,Chadderton
STONE, William A, Ty/Act/Leading Stoker, D/KX 97224, 22 yo,Cornwall
TRUSLER, Stephen, Able Seaman, D/J 36012, 42 yo,Gloucestershire
WAFFORNE, John W, Able Seaman, D/SSX 17561, 26 yo, Gorton
WIBBERLEY, Wilfred, Able Seaman, D/J 33757, 44 yo,Stoke-on-Trent
WIGNALL, Arthur, Stoker 2c, D/KX 107674, 25 yo,New Moston
YATES, James, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 286892, 20 yo, Lancashire

The crippled HMS Edinburgh

John was born in Royton in 1920 to Ernest and Alice Ann Bamford. Ernest had been badly wounded whilst serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1918,his left leg had had to be amputated and he also suffered from wounds to the right hand and leg.Two of John's uncles on his father's side also served as artillerymen in WW1. John had an older brother, James, who was born in 1913.
John served on the famous HMS Edinburgh which was sunk in 1942 whilst carrying a large amount of gold from Murmansk which the Soviets were using to pay for weapons from the western Allies. On April 30th the Edinburgh was struck by two torpedos from the German submarine U456 and seriously damaged, she was taken in tow, but later was able to proceed at slow speed under her own steam.