In 1938, he joined the Belfast Banking Company Limited.
At the outbreak of war, Bamford enlisted into the army. He saw service in a number of locations including Le Havre, Burma Lusaka (Northern Rhodesia). Promotion came in 1943 with an Emergency Commission to 2nd Lieutenant and he remained in that rank until the end of the war.
Following the war, Bamford was awarded the Defence Medal, the War Medal, the 1939-45 Star and the Burma Star.
After demobilisation in 1946, he returned to work for the Belfast Banking Company but also continued his army career in the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), Territorial Army (TA). Further promotion to Lieutenant came in 1947, to Captain in 1948 and Major in 1952.
He was later awarded the Territorial Decoration (TD) and Bar.
Bamford worked in the following branches; East End (1946), Bangor (1947), Warrenpoint (1950), Markets (1952), North End (1953), Castle Place (1955) and Upper Newtownards Road (1960).
He died on 28th December 1961 whilst serving as Pro-Manager in Dundonald branch leaving a widow, Edith M V Bamford, 2 sons (7 and 5) and a daughter (10 months).
Rea Bamford is remembered on a Roll of Honour in Bloomfield Presbyterian Church.
[Front row, 4th from left, with possibly 931 (U) Company RASC (V)]