Arthur Hallam. A Doncaster/Australian man who saw out the Great War.

Arthur Hallam was born in 1888 in Balby, Doncaster.

At the age  of 4 he lived at 56 Queen Street, Balby along with his father, Thomas  who was a railway labourer and mother Hannah also  his sisters Ada and Gertrude and brothers Herbert and Fred.

At 12 he still lived at Queen Street, his brother Herbert was a wheelwright and Fred was a painter on the railway, and now also a new brother Ernest.

On 12th April, 1909 Arthur married Rose Ellen Hoggett at St. James church,  Arthur was a plumber at this time and brother Fred was a witness to the marriage.

Sadly the 1911 Census shows Arthur aged 23  as a widower, (he is still a plumber), and his father Thomas is also a widower.  The Hallam’s are obviously a ‘Railway’ family as youngest brother Ernest is a railway carriage builder.  The family are  still living at 56 Queen Street.

Arthur then moved all the way to Australia as he enlisted on  4th November, 1914  at Camp Morphettville aged 26 years he took the oath on the 5th November, 1914.   His trade at the time was that of a Sanitary Engineer.

Arthur joined “A” Squadron  LHR (Light Horse Regiment)  February 1915.  He embarked on the 12 February 1915 aboard the HMAT Armadale A26.  And headed for Gallipoli. It seems he became sick with diarrhoea which turned into  dysentery.  He was transported to  Mudrass on the 17th June, 1915 and admitted to a hospital there.  Then he was transported to Malta and landed on the 16th July, 1915.   He then became sick again with dysentery and admitted to a hospital on the same day.  He then embarked on a hospital ship to England on the 16th September, 1915.

In 1916 taken on permanently establishment No.2 Command Depot, Weymouth.  He was prompted to Lance Corporal to be a Temporary Sergeant.

On the 24th August 1916, Arthur married for a second time to  Florence May Pond at Osmington, Dorset.

Not is much know for the next two years.

In 1918 taken on strength of perm cadre (a small section of specialist’s) of No.2. Command,  and  again not much information  for the rest of the war.  Arthur was discharged on the 21st.September 1919.

Arthur awards are. Military Rank. T/ Sargent. Regiment 9th. Light Horse. Medals. 1914/14 Star, British War Medal and the The Victory Medal.

Informal group portrait of unidentified members of A Squadron, 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, having a meal in the sergeants' mess on board the troop transport HMAT Armadale (A26).

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Informal group portrait of unidentified members of A Squadron, 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, having a meal in the sergeants’ mess on board the troop transport HMAT Armadale (A26). February 1915.  Is Arthur amongst these men?  The date taken matches when Arthur was aboard.

Other information.

c/o Mr J. H. Lord, The Western Australian Bank.22/8/15

Dear Sir,-

In the list published No.63, appeared the name “A. Hallam” amongst the South Australian wounded. I should be obliged if you could advise me, by return mail if possible, if he is seriously wounded or not, and also the latest information you have of him.

Thanking you in anticipation, J.H. Lord

Response.

Dear Sir

I am in receipt of your letter of the 14th instant, and in reply beg to inform you that the “A. Hallam” referred to, whose name appeared in Casualty List No.63 is No. 523 Private A. Hallam, 9th Light Horse Regiment. He is not reported wounded, but slightly sick, and disembarked at Malta between 14th and 20th July. No further particulars have been received, and in the absence of same it is to be assumed he is making satisfactory progress toward recovery.

Officer i/c Base Records.

Letter from Arthur Hallam, 1967

5 Wallis Terrace

Berri

S.A 5343

15/9/1967

Dear Sir

I wish to apply for the Anzac badge.
I must apologise for not applying before but was under the impression that they would be issued by the R.S.L? Sub barracks. No. 523. Rank. Sergeant. Name. Arthur Hallam. 9th Light Horse Regiment A.I.F.

Yours faithfully, Arthur Hallam.

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