Hallam, Ernest Walter, Captain

CVWM Page

Digitized Service Record

Brother to Private Cyril Francis Hallam, who survived the war.

Captain Ernest Walter Hallam is listed at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and the images found there are attached. One thing struck me though as I was reading the clippings.

If you read one of the clippings you will note that the paper states he has 3 brothers serving in the military. A search at the CWGC found that if you cross reference the names of Captain Hallam’s father and mother he lost at least 2 of his brothers.

Hallam, L. O. Private KIA 23/03/1916 and Hallam, John, Sargent KIA 13/11/1916.

I could not find a reference to the family member that was deceased earlier in the war. If this family did in fact loose a son earlier in the war it may be that all of their male children save one perished in the Great War.

HALLAM ERNEST WALTER KIA

Grave Marker – Photo courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England

Grave Marker – Photo courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England. Source: CVWM

CAPT. HALLAM, ONT. MAN, SLAIN IN ACTION re hallam newspaper clipping October 1 1915

Newspaper Clipping – From the Toronto Star for 1 October 1915.

CAPT. HALLAM, ONT. MAN, SLAIN IN ACTION

London Officer of the Second Division, Killed in Big Battel.
Special to the Star

Ottawa, Ont., Oct. 1 — The first on the roll of honor of the second Canadian division is Capt. E.W. Hallam, of the 18th Battlion, London. Capt. Hallam was killed in action last Wednesday. Capt. Hallam was formerly of the 7th Regiment, London.

The second division, which left for France two weeks ago, and which went into the trenches on Saturday last, has been in action. The first casualty list, in which the name of Capt. Hallam appears, is said to be a comparatively light one, not containing more than a dozen names. It is not believed that the division is taking part in the driving operations no on, but that the casualties have been sustained in a feint attack to divert the attention of the enemy from the front.

Lieut. S. Wharton of the 7th Battalion has been wounded. Lieut. Wharton is a British Columbia man, whose next of kin is in Plymouth, England.

Toronto Star for 1 October 1915.

Medical Officer of the 18th Battalion War Diary entry date of casualty:

Sept. 29: 7 am – Rather heavy bombardment from German guns.

8:30 am – Capt. Hallam shot through head + killed instantly while looking over broken parapet. [illegible] puncture! (Hallam, Ernest Walter, KIA. 32 years old. Grave Ref. I. C. 129. BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD)

1 pm – No. 53863 Pt. RC Taylor – [illegible medical notation] (Taylor, William Robert Charles)

 

Newspaper clippings – Toronto Star Pages of the Past online 1915, Oct 14 p. 13

Eighteenth Battalion.

Killed in action, Sept. 29: Capt. Ernest W. Hallam, London, Ontario.

Toronto Star Pages of the Past online 1915, Oct 14 p. 13

 

Newspaper Clipping – Source: The Globe Toronto Saturday October 2, 1915

Had Served in Egypt.

London, Ont., Oct. 1. — Captain Ernest W. Hallam was about 33 years of age. He was married, but had not children. His wife is living with her mother in Hamilton. He had seen service in the Imperial army in Egypt, but came to Canada some years ago, residing first in Hamilton. Later he went to Port Arthur, where he was a member of the 91st Regiment. Prior to the war he came to London as Manager of the Continental Life Insurance Co., and joined the 7th Regiment as a Lieutenant. He had one brother killed earlier in the war. Another went to the front from England, and a third is a member of the 18th Battalion, in whose ranks Captain Hallam was fighting when he met his death.

The Globe Toronto Saturday October 2, 1915

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“Killed in Action”

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Note the place where Captain Hallam signed this page of the Attestation Paper: West Sandling. This is not the only case of where a soldier (usually officers) where sent overseas and the documentation to their enlistment updated after the fact.

Note the place where Captain Hallam signed this page of the Attestation Paper: West Sandling. This is not the only case of where a soldier (usually officers) where sent overseas and the documentation to their enlistment updated after the fact.

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7 thoughts on “Hallam, Ernest Walter, Captain

  1. Pingback: CONFIDENTIAL WAR DIARY OF M.O. 18th Infantry Battalion From 14th September 1915 TO 30th September 1915 VOLUME No 4. | War Diary of the 18th Battalion CEF

  2. Ernest Walter was one of 12 boys and a girl born to Frederick and Fanny Hallam. Besides the three brothers you have mentioned a fourth Norman Herbert Hallam was also killed in action. I believe that the other one mentioned in this newspaper article was Cyril who had also emigrated to Canada. I live in the village where this family came from and I am researching our church war memorial.

  3. John I gave you the incorrect email. ebd.edwards AT gmail.com Please send any images you have that are relevant. Thank you.

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