WILLIAM HENRY HALLAM 1895–1967
William Henry Hallam seated, brother Alfred Edward Hallam standing. Photo from family collection.
Brother to Alfred Edward
Born 8th January 1895, Radcliffe on Trent
Baptised 24th February 1895 at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent
Married in 1918 to Florence Ethel Stevenson
Died 25th March 1967
Age sixteen, living on Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent, railway clerk, father Henry, blacksmith, mother Kate Priestly, brother of Alfred Edward who also served in the military, sisters Lottie, Annie, Grace and Mary Beatrix.
Rank: Lance Bombardier
Service Number: 69667
Military Unit: Royal Horse Artillery, 3rd Brigade,
Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 15.8.14
26.9.15: Myalgia; transferred to No 10 Stationary Hospital, St Omer
12.10.15: Discharged back to duty
On this date his years of service recorded as 3 years 6 months with 1 year 1 month with Field Force and that he was with Royal Horse Artillery, ‘J’ Battery
The photo above shows that William Hallam was at Lens in September 1917. The 3rd Brigade of the RHA served with the 1st Cavalry Division up to 17th September 1914 and then transferred to the 2nd Cavalry Division for the remainder of the war. William Hallam’s division was involved in the following actions:
Battle of Mons, August 1914 and subsequent retreat
Battles of Messines, Armentieres and First Battle of Ypres, 1914
Battles of Neuve Chapelle and 2nd Battle of Ypres, 1915
No notable actions in 1916
Battles of Arras and Cambrai, 1917
A large number of actions in 1918, culminating in the capture of Mons, November 1918.
Medals Awarded: 1914 Star with Clasp, British War and Victory
To date, thirty Radcliffe on Trent servicemen have been confirmed as receiving the 1914 Star. Only eight of these men emerged in 1918 with no record of them being killed, wounded or taken prisoner of war. William Hallam was one of these eight men. It is likely that he was in the army before the outbreak of war either as a regular soldier or reservist because he entered a theatre of war in August 1914 but we have no official confirmation.
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register
Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent
Other information: William Hallam sent a letter from the Front in 1914 to the Nottingham Evening Post:
Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Lived in Radcliffe on Trent