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Bulkeley, L.A.H., Capt., 1918

CWGC Headstone

Morpeth Herald Friday 26/04/1918

Morpeth Herald Friday 1/08/1919

Durham Roll of Service

In Varennes Military Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Grave of Captain Llewellyn Alfred Henry Bulkeley, serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 15th (Service) Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, who died 10/04/1918.

Llewelyn Alfred Henry was the second son of Reverend Canon Henry John Bulkeley, [born Horton, 1841], with his wife Lucy Margaret, [born 1852, Settle, Yorkshire, daughter of the Reverend William Frederick Pierson], born on the 29th May 1880, at Lanercost Priory, Cumberland, he had one elder brother called John Pierson, [born in London, 1878], and two younger brothers called Gilbert and Henry and a younger sister called Kathleen Rosaline Birbeck Bulkeley born 1887 at Lanercost Priory.

He was educated at Morpeth Grammar School [King Edward VI School] from 1890 to 1894, Uppingham School and Durham University where he graduated in October 1904 with a M.B., B.Sc.

[Llewelyn's father in 1891 was the Rector of Morpeth residing in the Rectory with 5 servants].

Whilst at University Llewelyn was keen on sports and played Cricket and Tennis as well as winning many Athletic events. Llewelyn qualified as a Doctor and had a practice for six years in Gateshead at Bensham Street, before the outbreak of War. He was also a sidesman at St Cuthbert's Church, and did much voluntary work about ambulance instruction to the Boy Scouts. He served as a house-surgeon and house-physician to the Royal Victoria Infirmary at Newcastle, and house-surgeon at the Darlington Hospital.

Llewelyn was a member of the St Johns Ambulance Brigade under the Nursing Division of Gateshead, and was also actively involved with the Boy Scouts in Gateshead, where he was an assistant scoutmaster. Llewelyn also joined the Freemasons at Gateshead in 1912.

In 1911 he was residing at High Church Road, Morpeth where his father was the local vicar at St Mary the Virgin Church. [His father had a brother called Edward who was residing at Morpeth with him, who suffered Epileptic fits from Childhood].

In 1914, just after the outbreak of the War, Dr L. A. H. Bulkeley made a donation to the Gateshead Branch of the National Relief Fund of £2 2s. In August 1914, Dr L.A.H. Bulkeley was playing in the 25th Westoe Tennis Tournament which was held at Westoe Tennis Club, South Shields, he was entered in the Gentleman's Handicap Class B tennis match, but failed to turn up!. He was partnered with a Miss T. Johnson in the Mixed doubles event, again he was absent.

On the 28th April 1915. Llewelyn got married at Darlington Parish Church to a Mary Elizabeth Moore, [daughter of Dr James Lawrence of Darlington], who then resided at Cotfield House, Gateshead. They had twins, a boy and a girl which was announced in the Local newspaper at the time:- "Bulkeley. - At Cotfield House, Gateshead, on January 19th 1916, to Dr and Mrs Bulkeley, twin son and daughter", born on the 19th January 1916. The son was called Henry John Lawrence.

They lived at Cotfield House, Gateshead.

Newcastle Journal Thursday 20/01/1916.

In December 1915, he was involved in an inquest on a man who had been knocked down by a tram.

He was gazetted a Lieutenant on the 22nd March 1917, and took a temporary commission in the R.A.M.C. After a years service was completed, Llewelyn was promoted a captain.

Llewelyn went to France on the 13th April 1917.

He was killed in action at Bouzincourt by a shell which exploded over his cellar which was being used as a First Aid post. He was killed instantly.

The Rev. David Youngson has offered the following:

3385 Minerva Lodge Year of Warrant 1909Masonic Hall Jackson Street GatesheadCaptain (TP) Llewellyn Alfred Henry BULKELEY

Royal Army Medical Corps

Attached Cheshire Regiment 15th Battalion

The son of the Revd Canon Henry John & Mrs Lucy Margaret (nee Pierson) Bulkeley, late of Gateshead and of Coddington Rectory, Hereford. He was born at Lanercost Priory, Cumberland on the 29th May 1880. Educated at Morpeth Grammar School, Uppingham and Durham University he Matriculated in 1904. He held house appointment at the Darlington and Newcastle Infirmaries and was in practice in Gateshead for six years before joining the RAMC on 22nd March 1917. He was Initiated on the 20th December 1912; Passed 18th April 1913 and Raised on the 20th June 1913 and was the Junior Deacon of his Lodge. Llewelyn was involved in the Gateshead Scouts. He was killed in action at Bouzincourt on the 10th April 1918 aged 38. The husband of Mary Elizabeth Moore Bulkeley (nee Lawrence) of Cotfield House. Gateshead. who married at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington on the 28th April 1915. They has a son called Henry John Lawrence, born on the 19th January 1916.

He is buried in Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France, Grave Reference I.M.40.

His Commanding Officer wrote:-"He was one of the most conscientious and painstaking men I ever met. He was very brave, and knew no fear where his duty called him. I was much impressed then with his coolness and the way he handled the wounded. Since then he has been a member of our mess. He was as straight as a gun-barrel, and always did his job. What more can one man of another? He was a hero."

In 1919, the Morpeth Herald Friday, 01/08/1919 printed an article headed The School's Sacrifice, which listed the ex pupils which had made the ultimate sacrifice.

Llewellyn Alfred Henry Bulkeley is remembered at Morpeth on M17.06 and M17.12 at Bensham on B134.02 at Gateshead on G39.011 and G39.30 at Newcastle on NUT051 and NUT066 also at Durham in D47.151 page 14, and on the County Durham Masonic Roll of Honour and on the Masonic ROH

Universities at War
The Golden Book 1 RAMC Book of Remembrance
R.A.M.C. record
The CWGC entry for Captain Bulkeley

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