Bamsey, Hiley

Birth Date

8th October 1916


Woodbury, East Devon



Biographical Text

East Devonian Hiley Bamsey made around forty league appearances for Exeter City between 1935 and 1938. Subsequently joining Barrow, where he didn’t make the first team, he was killed in World War Two at the end of 1943 aged twenty-seven.  

Having previously played for Woodbury in East Devon, he made his Exeter City debut as an eighteen-year-old amateur in the 1-1 draw in a Third Division South fixture at Queens Park Rangers on 13 April 1935. He had to wait until the following season before he got another senior opportunity and was in-and-out of the side until he left the club in 1938 when he signed for Barrow for whom he did not make a first-team appearance. 

Serving in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the Second World War Two, Hiley Bamsey was killed in Iraq on 31 December 1943 and is buried in Khayat Beach War Cemetery near Haifa. He is also commemorated on the war memorial in Woodbury. 

Hiley Bamsey is also remembered in the Killed in Action section of this archive.





Paul Farley


Hiley Royal

War Memorial 


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Hiley Bamsey  is commerated at Woodbury War memorial? see above

He was killed in the 2nd world war pn the 31/12/1943

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