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Claude Arthur Stephen Bidwell was born on 8th February 1894. His parents were Arthur and Edith and they all lived in the family home “Brinkley”, Quebec Rd, East Dereham, Norfolk.

Claude commissioned into the 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment from the Inns of Court O.T.C in April 1915.

Five months after commissioning he was shot dead at point blank range whilst returning from a listening post. Claude was just 21 years old.

Hannescamps: 21st September 1915

….2nd Lieutenant Claude Arthur Stephen Bidwell was returning
from a listening post through his newly-cut wire opening, four Germans
suddenly leapt up close to him. He challenged them, and they fired at
point-blank range killing him instantly…..

Photo by Janet Davis - July 2016

Photo by Janet Davis – July 2016

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 21/09/1915
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Grave Reference: II. A. 1./ BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY

Claude left £622 in his will to his father, Arthur.

Link to Dereham Roll of Honour

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  1. […] was shot dead whilst returning to the line. The daily diary entry refers; At 01:15hrs, whilst 2nd Lieutenant Claude Arthur Stephen Bidwell was returning from a listening post through his newly-cut wire opening, four Germans suddenly […]

  2. […] 01:15hrs, whilst 2nd Lieutenant Claude Arthur Stephen Bidwell was returning from a listening post through his newly-cut wire opening, four Germans suddenly leapt […]

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