Bayfield, Hubert Lockington

He was the only son of Arthur L. Bayfield of Park Grange, Edgbaston, and came to Winchester from Twyford School. He was a keen sportsman and musician. He went up to Exeter College, Oxford in 1907 and, after graduating with Honours in Jurisprudence, passed from the University into the Army, and was gazetted in 1913 to the 1st Battalion Leicester Regiment.

He was wounded on October 29th 1914, when the Battalion went into trenches between the Rue du Bois and a landmark known as the Chemical Factory, outside Fleurbaix, south of Armentieres in northern France. Within days the battalion came under such heavy artillery fire that it was forced to evacuate its trenches and lie in the open along a railway line. At dawn on October 26th the enemy attacked around the Le Quesne Distillery. Between Rue du Bois and the railway station, the fighting was bitter and at close quarters all day. Bayfield was wounded in this action, and his name appeared soon afterwards in Despatches.

He returned to the front in December of the same year and fell on March 12th 1915, while leading his company into action against German strongholds which were preventing further advance during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Bayfield
  • Forenames or initials: Hubert Lockington
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1904-1907
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Leicester Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 2nd March 1890
  • Date of Death: 12th March 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C5
  • Decoration: NA