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Joseph H .    

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

Vin Mullen

Pte. Albert Harry Hackett .     British Army Army Service Corps

Albert Hackett enlisted on the 8th of February 1915 and joined the British Expeditionary Force on the 3rd of December 1915. He was wounded and was sent back to England on the 9th of February 1916. He was discharged due to this wound on the 12th of April 1916 and was awarded a Silver War Badge.

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Spr. Albert Edwin Hackett .     British Army 92nd Field Company Royal Engineers   from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

(d.2nd July 1916)

Albert Hackett enlisted in Stafford. He was sent to France to join the British Expeditionary Force on the 28th of July 1915 and was killed in action on the 2nd of July 1916, aged 27. he is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France and was the son of John Hackett and Florence of Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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Pte. Anthony Hackett .     British Army 23rd Btn. Middlesex Regiment   from Shenstone, Staffordshire.

Anthony Hackett enlisted in Birmingham on the 2nd of May 1915 aged 22 yrs & 6 months. He is listed as serving at home from 25th Oct 1915 to 2nd May 1916 and joined the British Expeditionary Force in France on the 4th of May 1916. On the 11th of October 1916 he suffered a gun shot wound to the elbow during the Battle of Bapaume on the Somme. He was transferred to hospital in the UK on the 19th of October 1916 and was medically discharged on the 24th of April 1917. A Silver War Badge was awarded on the 17th of June 1917. He was one of Five sons of Arthur & Alice (née Trickett) Hackett of Shenstone, Staffordshire.

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Gnr. Arthur Hackett .     British Army 142nd (Durham) Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery   from Shenstone, Staffordshire.

Arthur Hackett was one of five sons of Arthur & Alice (née Trickett) Hackett of Shenstone, Staffordshire.

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Pte. Cecil Hackett .     British Army 2nd Btn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)   from Shenstone, Staffordshire

(d.28th May 1917)

Ceal Hacket enlisted in Lichfield. He died of Wounds sustained in a trench raid north of Loos, on the 28th of May 1917 aged 20 and is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery at Mazingarbe, France. He was one of Five sons of Arthur & Alice (née Trickett) Hackett of Shenstone, Staffordshire.

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Pte. David Hackett .     British Army 1st Btn. Worcestershire Regiment   from Shenstone, Staffordshire.

(d.19th Jun 1915)

The 1911 census shows David Hackett serving with 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment at Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight aged 20 He had enlisted in Birmingham. When war broke out he was in Egypt with the battalion, and returned home then arrived in France with the British Expeditionary Force on the 5th of November 1914 He was wounded in the area of Aubers in France in June 1915. David is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. He was one of five sons of Arthur & Alice (née Trickett) Hackett of Shenstone, Staffordshire.

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Gnr. Eric James Hackett .     British Army 2/2nd South Midland Brigade Royal Field Artillery   from Walsall

Eric Hacket attested on the 19th of October 1915 and served in Salonica. He was taken gravely ill, in November 1918. He was the son of James and Catherine (née Allcott) Hackett of Walsall.

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Gnr. Harold Victor Hackett .     British Army Royal Field Artillery   from Walsall

Harold Hackett was wounded and awarded a Silver War Badge He was the son of James and Catherine (née Allcott) Hackett of Walsall.

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Sgt. Joseph Richard Hackett MID..     British Army 2/6th Btn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment   from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Joseph Hackett enlisted on the 2nd Dec 1915 he joined the British Expeditionary Force on the 12th Oct 1916. He was mentioned in Despatches, published in the London Gazette Sixth Supplement dated Tuesday 8th July 1919 He was the son of Joseph & Jane (née Richards) Hackett of Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

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Pte. Percy Hackett .     British Army 2/5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment   from Shenstone, Staffordshire.

Percy Hackett enlisted in February 1916, aged 18 yrs 4 mths He began training on the 10th of May 1916 and went to Dublin in July 1916. He joined the British Expeditionary Force on the 25th Feb 1917 serving right through the war. He was one of five sons of Arthur & Alice (née Trickett) Hackett of Shenstone, Staffordshire.

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Act/Cpl. Percy James Hackett .     British Army 11th Btn. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders   from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

(d.4th Dec 1915)

Percy James Hackett joined the British Expeditionary Force in France of the 6th of October 1915. He died of Wounds on the 4th of December 1915 and is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, France. He is listed in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, son of Joseph & Jane (née Richards) Hackett of Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

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Spr. William Hackett VC..     British Army 254th Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers   from Rotherham, England

(d.27th Jun 1916)

William Hackett served with the 254th Tunneling Company, Royal Engineers during WW1 and was killed in action on the 27th June 1916, aged 43. He is commemorated on the The Ploegsteert Memorial to the missing in Belgium. He was the son of the late John and Harriet Hackett, of Nottingham; husband of Alice Flinders (formerly Hackett), of 53, Cross Gate, Mexborough, Rotherham.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 4th Aug., 1916, records the following:-

For most conspicuous bravery when entombed with four others in a gallery owing to the explosion of an enemy mine. After working for 20 hours, a hole was made through fallen earth and broken timber, and the outside party was met. Sapper Hackett helped three of the men through the hole and could easily have followed, but refused to leave the fourth, who had been seriously injured, saying, I am a tunneler, I must look after the others first. Meantime, the hole was getting smaller, yet he still refused to leave his injured comrade. Finally, the gallery collapsed, and though the rescue party worked desperately for four days the attempt to reach the two men failed. Sapper Hackett well knowing the nature of sliding earth, the chances against him, deliberately gave his life for his comrade.

S Flynn

Cpl. Andrew Haggie Hadden .     British Army 36th Seige Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

Andrew Hadden

Rfmn. Ernest Samuel "Sa" Hadden .     British Army 10th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from 8 Magdala St Belfast

(d.3rd Jul 1916)

Ernest Samuel Haddon was my great uncle and my grandfather's younger brother. He was a signatory to the Ulster Covenant (as was my grandfather) He served with the Royal Irish Rifles 10th Battalion. He was wounded in action on day one of the Somme and died two days later on 3rd July 1916 in a field hospital.

My father remembers as a young boy visiting his granny Graham who had a trunk with Sammy's effects in them. He distinctly remembers seeing a cigarette case with dents in (bullet hits?). Unfortunately he has no idea what happened to it when she died. My uncle did have a photograph, but annoyingly he has lost it.

J S Hadden

Pte. Ernest Crawford Hadden .     British Army 20th (Tyneside Scottish) Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers   from Gateshead

(d.5th June 1917)

Ernest Crawford Hadden after enlisting with the Northern Cyclists

Ernest Hadden probably died during the attack on Greenland Hill. The 20th Btn attacked on the right, the attack was at 8pm.

Tyneside Scottish in Training.

Julian Hadden

Pte. Thomas Haddigan .     British Army 15th Battalion Hampshire Regiment   from Portsmouth

(d.15th Sep 1916)

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

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Pte. Frank Hadfield .     British Army 2nd Batalion York & Lancaster Regiment   from Sheffield, Edale

(d.18th Oct 1914)

Frank Hadfield served with the 2nd Yorks & Lancs, he died on the 18th of October 1914

Anne Ward

Rflmn. William Hadfield .     British Army 11th Btn. King's Royal Rifle Corps.   from Blackburn, Lancs.

(d.4th April 1917)

William Hadfield died on 4th of April 1917, he was the son of Mr. Thomas W. Hadfield, of 11 St. Stephens Rd., Blackburn, Lancs.

s flynn

Pte. Charles Ernest Hadley .     British Army 19th Btn. London Regiment (d.15th Sep 1916)

My grandfather was killed in High Wood his name on the Thiepval Monument is spelt Hadly but should be Charles Ernest Hadley.

Malcolm Hadley

Pte. Edgar William Hadley .     British Army 26th (Bankers) Btn. Royal Fusiliers   from 24 Oval Road, Erdington, Birmingham

(d.4th Oct 1916)

Edgar Hadley was my Great Uncle who served in the 26th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. Edgar was born on the 9th January 1896 and he died during the Battle of the Somme sometime between 4th October and 5th November 1916 aged just 20 years old. It is most probable that he died at the Battle of Transloy Ridge. The documentation from the war graves commission lists a number of different dates for his death during the Autumn of 1916.

He was the elder son of Clara and the late William Reece Hadley from Erdington in Birmingham. His Mother had the words "Thy will be done" placed on his gravestone which is situated at the AIF Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers.

Deborah Martin

Pte. Charles Israel Haffenden .     British Army 7th Btn. Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regt.   from Hunton, Kent

(d.28th Sep 1916)

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. D. Hagan .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Houghton-le-Spring

(d.1st July 1916)

D Hagan is named on Thiepval Memorial


Cpl. Alfred George Hagen .     British Army 173 Brigade, D  Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.27th April 1918)

Corporal Alfred Hagan was aged 30 when he died. He was the husband of Louisa Hagen, 38 Somerset Buildings, Churchway, Euston Road, London and the son of Christian and Henrietta Hagen of London. He is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Grave IV.A.26.

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.


CSM. Harry Jack Haggertay MiD..     British Army 12th Field Coy Royal Engineers   from Chatham, Kent

Harry Haggertay was my Grandfather. He served in the 38th Field Coy in the Boer War. He fought in WW1 and was Mentioned in Despatches by Sir John French.

Rod Haggerty

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