Huthwaite War Memorial Project

HALLAM J.H. 49639

John H. Hallam

John Henry Hallam

Private 49639 - Essex Regiment
9th Battalion

Died of Wounds Flanders 10th Sep 1918 : Aged 19

St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen - R III H 23

The listing given J Hardy uncovers a young man born in Nottingham, fully named John Henry residing at 28 Newcastle Street, Huthwaite. Those colliery houses relate former employment at the New Hucknall Colliery connecting his unnamed family. John enlisted at Mansfield, and was killed in France after only three weeks. His number alongside Private 49640 J. Hadfield suggests joint recruitment of work mates.

Notts. Free Press 20th September 1918 Private -     J.H. Hallam, Huthwaite

Private John Henry Hallam, 28, Newcastle Street, Huthwaite, formerly a miner at the New Hucknall Colliery, joined the army five months ago, and had been out in France only three weeks when he was killed on September 10th. He was 19 years of age. The following letter has been received:-
  "You will likely have heard by now the sad news of your son's death in No. XI Stationary Hospital, Rouen, France, on the 10th. inst. The poor bot suffered from a very bad wound in the abdomen. He suffered much, although towards the end he was very weak and seemed to be more or less in an unconscious condition. I think that, under the circumstances, we might almost say that death kindly released him, and we may be sure that having done whar we could and laid down his life for the cause which we believe to be God's, his soul now rests in His holy and safe keeping. The funeral took place in the St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, with military honours, and the number of his grave is 6293. If you would like a photo of the spot with the little wooden cross, apply to Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries, War office, Winchester House, St. James' Square, London, S.W., and give all particulars-name, number, rank, regiment, cemetery and grave number. Yours very sincerely, and with deepest sympathy and prayers that Almighty God may comfort and sustain you in your dark day of loneliness and grief. - G. A. Johnston, C. F."

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Written 23 Jul 06 Revised 19 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott