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Joseph H .    

Joseph H. is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph Jarrow. Can anyone provide further details?

Vin Mullen

Pte. James A. Haddock .     British Army 12th Btn. Yorks & Lancs Regiment   from Sheffield, England

(d.16th Sep 1916)

James Haddock served with the 12th Battalion, Yorks & Lancs Regiment. He was executed for desertion on 16th September 1916 aged 32 and is buried in Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, France. He was the son of Edwin Haddock, of 21, Ranskill Rd., Tinsley Park, Sheffield.

Julian Putkowski, and Julian Sykes in their book state that James was a regular soldier, possibly a reservist at the beginning of the war, who had been recalled to the colours and arrived in France on 9th September 1914. James was originally posted to the 2nd Battalion but was transferred to the Sheffield City Battalion (12th Yorks. and Lancs.). At the time of his posting to the trenches on the Somme, he was already on a twenty year (later reduced to five years) suspended sentence for a previous offence of desertion. Despite this he left again on his way up to the trenches on 30th June 1916, the day before Somme Offensive of 1st July 1916. He went into hiding but was discovered five days later on 5th July by Military Police, seven miles from the Battalions trenches

At the subsequent Field Court Martial held on 24th August 1916, James defence was that he was suffering with his feet and the medical officer had told him to rest. He had got lost trying to find transport and when he was apprehended, he was actually looking for the police to ask for directions. To say that this was a flimsy defence is something of an overstatement. His orders at the time of his desertion were to follow his colleagues into the trenches - James did not - he went missing for five days and when found, he was hiding in a civilian wagon without either his equipment or rifle. He had made no attempt whatsoever to rejoin his colleagues. But the most crucial element to the case was his past Army service record. Since arriving in France, he had deserted seven times as well as being charged with being drunk on active service and refusing to obey an order. He was already under a suspended sentence of five years that had been passed by a FGCM as recently as April 1916. The verdict of the Court Martial was inevitable - James was sentenced to death by firing squad. The Court Martial had no discretion on this matter but did add a recommendation for mercy. The verdict was then passed up the chain of command and the sentence was endorsed at every level. The recommendation for mercy was not a factor. It finally reached the Commander in Chief of the British army in France General Douglas Haig on 12th September 1916 who confirmed the verdict and sentence of the FGCM

s flynn

Pte. Henry George Haffenden .     British Army 21st Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps   from Staplehurst, Kent

Henry Haffenden was my Grandad He served with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and lost a leg after joining the 21st Battalion in April 1916, aged 18 and 5 days. For some reason he enlisted at Kew. I seem to recall that he was machine gunned at Hill 60, but I can't seem to find any reference to his unit being there in late 1916 or summer of 1917.

Mike Haffenden

Pte. Wilfred Haggar .     British Army 8th Battalion York and Lancaster   from Connisbrough

(d.1st July 1916)

Kim Jarman

L/Cpl. Graverra Haggas .     British Army 8th Btn. York & Lancaster Regiment   from 126 Whitby Road, Bradford

(d.7th Jun 1917)

Catherine Wright

L/Cpl. Traverra Haggas .     British Army 3rd Btn. West Riding Regiment   from Bradford, Yorkshire

(d.7th June 1917)

Traverra Haggas was a wool merchant and married man of 39 on 24th June 1916 when he was conscripted into the 3rd Btn. West Riding Regiment (3/29385). He was called up for service on 5 September, 1916 and promoted LCpl in January 1917.

Traverra dis-embarked at Boulogne on 3 May 1917. On 19 May he was transferred to 8th Btn York and Lancaster Regiment and assigned his new number (32747) and proceeded to the front two days later. On the 7th of June Traverra Haggas was declared wounded and missing in action. He was assumed to have died on that date and is remembered on the Menin Gate. Traverra had one daughter Josephine who was born 1907. His brother Elverie served with 25th RF in East Africa and survived the war.


Pte. Francis Edward Haigh .     British Army 3rd Dragoon Guards   from Wakefield, Yorks

(d.1st July 1915)

Francis Haigh arrived in the Ypres Salient on 18/5/1915. On the 1st June 1915 he was killed in action; 13 days after joining his unit in the trenches. Apparently on 1st June 1915, there was some heavy shelling of the British front line at Hooge, Belgium. Private Francis Haigh is commemorated with others of the 3rd Dragoon Guards who have no known grave, on the relevant panel of The Menin Gate at Ypres. Rest in Peace.

Alec Young

Pte. Sidney Haigh .     British Army 8th Btn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry   from Morley, Yorkshire.

(d.8th Jun 1917)

Sidney Haigh was 19 years old, married and had one daughter. He lost his life on the 8th of June 1917, he has no known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Daniel Smith

Lt. Victor Louis Bosker Haigh MC..     British Army Royal Garrison Artillery

Lt. Victor Haigh is buried in Camden, NSW, Australia. His faded gravestone indicates he won an MC. The Supplement to the London Gazette 26th of July 1918 details his act of gallantry: "For Conspicuous Gallantry and devotion to duty. He kept close touch with the field batteries and placed his section in positions of extreme danger, in order to protect the batteries. On one occasion he stopped a panic, collecting stragglers and leading them to high ground, where they were most urgently needed. He had crashed one enemy aeroplane and has many times kept his guns firing until forced by heavy fire to withdraw."

Camden has a special project going at the moment "Camden Remembers" and we would like further information about him.

Janice Johnson

Pte. William Hails .     British Army 7th Btn Durham Light Infantry   from Jarrow

(d.30th May 1916)

William Hails died aged 24. Born in South Shields he lived in Jarrow. He was the son of Elizabeth Jane Hails (nee Burnside) and the late James Hails of South Shields and the husband of Dora Johnson (formerly Hails nee Jobson) of 25 Philipson Street East Jarrow. On the 1911 census William Hails age 19 Lamp Lighter is recorded as living with his widowed mother Elizabeth Hails in South Shields. He enlisted at South Shields.

William is buried in La Laiterie Military Cemetery.

Vin Mullen

Thomas Noel Hains .     British Army 12th Btn. London Regiment   from Eastrington, Yorks

Capt. Owen Hairsine MC..     British Army 71st Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.7th Jun 1917)

Capt. Owen Hairsine MC..     British Army 71st Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps   from London

(d.7th Jun 1917)

Owen Hairsine was my mother's uncle. I have his diaries and news clippings about his life at the front. I also have his scrapbook with lots of pictures. He opened the aid station at Hop Store west of Ypres and that is where he is buried.

Robert Bulloch

2nd Lt. Benjamin Haizelden .     British Army 2nd/10th Btn. London Regiment   from Croydon, Surrey

(d.30th Aug 1918)

Second Lieutenant Benjamin Haizelden, son of John and Elizabeth Haizelden, of 35 Abbey Road, Croydon, Surrey, died on the Western Front aged 19. He is buried at Daours Communal Cemetery.

S Collins

Pte John Haker .     British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers   from 25, Coldwell Terrace, High Felling, Co. Durham

(d.26th Aug 1916)

Haker, John. Private, 19/1004, Died of wounds on 26th August 1916. Aged 42 years.

Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, in grave IV. A. 20.

Husband of Eleanor Cowen Haker, of 25, Coldwell Terrace, High Felling, Co. Durham.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.

Dave Willis

Rfmn. Neason Henry Hale MM.     British Army 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles   from Ballymoney, Co. Antrim

(d.11th Aug 1917)

Neason Hale joined the staff of the Ulster Bank after leaving school, working along side his close neighbour John Gray. They both enlisted in March 1916. Rifleman Hale’s name is included in a list of missing in the The Ulster Bank magazine ‘Passing Events’ edition of Christmas 1918. The magazine editorial expressed the hope that he, and the other men, would soon return, but unfortunately the fate of Rifleman Hale will never be known. The Hale family were never officially informed that he had been killed, and his mother always believed that one day he would come home. Rifleman Neason H. Hale is commemorated on a plaque in the entrance hall of the Ulster Bank Buildings, Waring Street, Belfast.

S. Flynn

Pte. Geoffrey Maurice Barnewall Hales .     Australian Imperial Force 13th Australian Field Ambulance

Geoffrey Hales was studying medicine at the University of Sydney when he enlisted on the 1st of September 1916. He left sailed for England on the 9th of November with the 8th Reinforcements, 4th Divisional Ammunition Column. He transferred to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance in April 1917 and served at Messines and Ypres. He returned to Australia on the 17th of April 1918 and resumed his medical studies.

Pte. James Haley .     British Army East Yorkshire Regiment   from Jarrow

(d.9th Aug 1915)

James Haley who died aged 35 was born in Jarrow in 1879. He also lived and enlisted there.He was the son of James and Ann Haley (nee Costello)

James is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

Hall .     Army 9th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte. Albert Edward Hall .     British Army Ayreshire Yeomanry

L/Cpl. Arthur Edmund Hall .     British Army 3rd Battalion Australian Imperial Force   from Newcastle, Australia

Arthur enlisted September 1915 and fought in Europe from during WW1 from August 1916 until the end of the War. He was wounded in May 1917 at Bullincourt and spent 2 months recuperating in England before returning to France and resuming his role as a stretcher bearer on the frontline for the duration of the War. He eventually returned to Australia in July 1919.

Rod Hall

Lt. Arthur Charles Hall VC.     Australian Army 7th Garrison Battalion 54th Battalion   from Australia

S. Flynn

Pte. C. Hall .     British Army West Yorkshire Regiment

We have a medal issued to above named soldier. Can you tell me what is the medal and anything more about Pte. Hall. Much appreciated. DB

Dorothy Baker

Pte. Edward Hall .     British Army 8th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancashire   from 19 Froom St, Chorley

(d.15th Aug 1916)

Pte. Edward Hall who was my Great-Uncle served with the 8th Battalion of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment during WW1 and was killed in action on 15th August 1915. We think it was at Talus Boise as the Regiment was attacked there on that day. His regimental number was 16584 so he would probably have volunteered in December 1914. He left a widow and two children. Before joining up he worked at the Bleach Works Chorley.

As his body was never found he is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument on the Somme. We visited there in 2012 and found his name on the Monument and also in the book of remembrance. I have since sent a photograph of Edward to be included in the Wall of photographs at the Thiepval Museum which commemorates the brave soldiers who lost their lives.

Janet Hetherington

Sjt. G. W. Hall .     Army 2/8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

2nd Lieut J P, H. Hall .     British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers (d.1st Nov 1918)

Hall, J, P, H. Second Lieutenant, Killed in action on 1st November 1918.

Buried in Vichte Military Cemetery, Anzegem, West-Vlaanderen, in grave II. D. 5.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.

Dave Willis

Sjt. J. Hall .     Army 8th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte. John William Hall .     British Army 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers (d.11th May 1915)

John William Hall died whilst held as a POW he is buried at Cologne Southern Cemetery.

Vin Mullen

Pte. John James Hall .     British Army 2nd Btn. Durham Light Infantrry   from Stockton-on-Tees

John James Hall, known as Jack, was my Grandfather who sadly died long before I was born. He enlisted in the 2nd DLI at Stockton-on-Tees in 1915 together with a number of workmates and served in France. He received injuries from a gas attack in 1917 which resulted in him suffering chest complaints on and off until his early death in 1935.

Jon K. Hall

Pte. Joseph Henry Hall .     British Army 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(d.26th May 1915)

Joseph Henry Hall who died aged 33 was born in Howdon in 1883. He was the son of Annie Jane Connolly (formerly Hall nee Burns) of Jarrow and the late Thomas Hall. On the 1911 census, Joseph Henry Hall, age 28, Labourer for Platers at Tyne Iron Shipbuilders is listed as living with his widowed mother Annie Jane Connolly and family at 25 Caledonian Road, Jarrow. He enlisted at Jarrow.

Joseph is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Vin Mullen

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