William Bayford

Name

William Bayford

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

04/05/1917
37

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
TF/201819
Royal Sussex Regiment
4th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

SAVONA TOWN CEMETERY
Italy

UK Memorials

Not on the Much Hadham memorials
Not on the Green Tye memorials
Ifield Memorial, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex

Pre War

Born in 1878 and was christened on 6 Oct 1878 in Much Hadham son of William and Eleanor Bayford of Church Lane Villas, Green Tye, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. He married Isabella Dorcas Lilliott, of Priest Croft, Ifield, Crawley, Sussex in 1909 in Horsham. They lived at Kate’s Green, Much Hadham.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Crawley and died when the transport Ship HMS Transylvania was sunk by a torpedo on the way to Salonika with reinforcements. It was carrying nearly 3,000 troops to Alexandria, was torpedoed by the submarine U63 off the Gulf of Genoa. William and 413 other men lost their lives in the attack.

Additional Information

William was married, and his wife was living in Sussex by the end of the war, hence he is also named on the Ifield Memorial.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)