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WILLIAM HENRY HALLAM 1895–1967

William Hallam

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

1911 Census

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.

Military Service

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:

LETTERS FROM THE FRONT

THANKS AND GOOD WISHES FOR “POST” READERS

Gunner W.H.Hallam of the R.H.A., writing to the editor on November 30th, says:-

The following is an extract from the Nottingham Evening Post on 14th inst. :

The Rev. M. Maher, S.J., Stoneyhurst College, has received from a Belgian Jesuit, M. Mol–, a list of wounded British soldiers in the military hospital at Namur. The list includes “Hallam, Nottingham”.

I am very pleased to be able to inform you that the above does not refer to me, although I don’t suppose I am the only Hallam from Nottingham who is serving his country at the present time.

I am a native of Radcliffe-on-Trent and always look forward to receiving the Guardian and Post, and, needless to say, I read with great interest the noble part the citizens of the town and county are playing in this great war. I have come across several men from Nottingham, and every time we meet we have a chat, and exchange reminiscences about the good old town.

Things are very quiet here just now. Our guns and also the Germans’ have been silent for this last week. Winter seems to have disappeared from France, the snow cleared off about five days ago, and since then it has been mild and showery. No doubt Christmas will be spent rather quietly by the population of England, but nevertheless I will conclude by wishing you and all your kind readers a merry Christmas.

W H Hallam original

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent