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Joseph H .    

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

Vin Mullen

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

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

Capt. Norman Hall .     British Army 2/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers   from Bury, Lancashire

Born on 28th February 1892, Norman Hall studied science (probably chemistry) at Manchester University where he joined the OTC. Aged 22, he was working on glycerine development at Lever Brothers in Port Sunlight on the outbreak of war. Because of his OTC experience he tried to join the regular army, though was rejected on medical grounds.

He joined a “Pals” Regiment in Liverpool (he achieved the required chest measurement by breathing out and having the tape held loosely and also jumped up and down on the scales so that he registered the correct weight!). He quickly transferred to the 2/5th Lancashire Fusiliers (Territorial Force)on its formation in Bury in September 1914. He volunteered for service overseas, although as a Territorial he was not obliged to do so. Because of his (limited) relevant experience in the OTC he was appointed as a signaller and had an important role in establishing and maintaining field telephone communications. He began as a private, promoted quickly to Lieutenant and then 2nd Lieutenant before travelling overseas to France, rising to the rank of Temporary Captain in charge of a Company. He transferred to the 1/5th in June 1917 following his return to the Front after recovering from wounds, demoted (as he saw it) to his substantive rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He attained the rank of substantive Captain by the end of the War and possibly Temporary Major.

He was severely wounded on September 9th 1916 when he was repatriated, returning to the Front in France in June 1917. He was injured again in August 1918 – it seems that the horse he was riding to collect beer for a celebration of the Battalion’s Battle Honour (Minden Day – 6th August) fell on him and damaged his foot. He was again repatriated and did not return to the Front. He returned to his job with Lever Brothers on demobilisation.

In the family there is a series of 5 volumes of diaries which, although written retrospectively, give a detailed account of his experiences and appear to have been based on diaries written in the field (three of which we have). We also have sketch maps of actions, letters home, slides and a couple of original battle orders. In amongst the intricate detail of troop movements and other technical military information (the layout of field telephone networks and trenches, attempts to listen in to German telephones and a plan for a “top secret” chemical gas scheme in his section) the daily routine in the trenches and other locations is vividly described. There are many reflective anecdotes and digressions (eg. about French citizens and farms, signalling procedures, dugout life, treatment of wet feet, bathing routines, management of the company including censorship of letters, rat catching, the battalion dog, a trip to Paris with Simone and her sister “the girls” etc). Whilst casualties are recorded, the account is matter of fact and generally lacking in emotion – the stiff upper lip mentality is very apparent. Yet he obviously cared for his colleagues and the men under his command and was deeply affected by the deaths of some of his close comrades. He clearly recognised that he had some narrow escapes (including one occasion when orders, which would almost certainly have been fatal, arrived too late) and was fortunate to survive. It seems that the approach adopted, and indeed the very act of writing the account itself, were his way of dealing with the horror that he experienced.

Sue Tanton

Pte Patrick Hall .     British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers (d.28th March 1918)

Hall, Patrick, Private, 43184, Killed on 28th March 1918,

Remembered on the Pozieres Memorial panel 16 to 18.

Battalion Service history shows his service number as 43164.

From the Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour

Dave Willis

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