The War Dead – (Names beginning with ‘H’)

Arthur William Halsey

Service Number 282765, he served as a Private in the 1st and 4th Battalions of the London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Born in Lambeth, he joined the army in Holloway and was killed in action (death officially accepted) in France 7th October 1916. He is commemorated on the -Pier and Face 9 D and 16 B. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL . His father Alfred was sent his effects of £6 10s 10d

The Thiepval Memorial

George Hardcastle

Service Number G/96807, a Private in the Middlesex Regiment. Born in Wimbledon in 1900, he was the stepson of Charles George Painter – a Gardener – of 105, Nelson Road, South Wimbledon. He was posted as ‘presumed dead’ at Flanders 10th June 1918 and is commemorated at the SOISSONS MEMORIAL. By the time of his death his stepmother – Louisa Painter – was widowed, and she received his effects of £11 16s 9d

The Soissons Memorial

Thomas William Harding

Service Number PO/4300, a Quartermaster Sergeant in the Royal Navy. Born in Wimbledon in 1873, he was the husband of Mabel of 54, Leyton Road, Wimbledon. He was a Painter and House Builder by trade. He died in England 12th January 1919 and his grave is in Wimbledon Cemetery

Wimbledon Cemetery

Charles Thomas Hawkins

Service Number 9427, a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. Born in 1889, and a resident in Farnham, Surrey in 1911, he was the son of Samuel Hawkins – a Bricklayer – and Emily Ann Hawkins, of 29, Hubert Rd, South Wimbledon. He was a Grocer’s Warehouseman by trade. Between 28th and 30th March, 1915, 2nd East Surrey, 85 Brigade, 28th Division, were holding the line in the trenches at St. Eloi in the Ypres salient during which time they had a number of casualties, mainly from shell fire. Charles was killed in action 30th March 1915 at the age of 26. He is buried at II. B. 3. VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURE No.3. His father Samuel received his effects of £18 12s 7d

Voormezeele Enclosure

Harry J. Hayter

Service Number 412730, a Private in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry John Hayter, of 2, Deburgh Rd., South Wimbledon.  He posted as ‘presumed dead’ at Flanders 26th October 1917 at the age of 19. He is commemorated on Panel 90 to 92 and 162 to 162A.TYNE COT MEMORIAL. His effects of £7 5s 5d were sent to his father.

The Tyne Cot Memorial

Percy Ambrose Hillsey

Service Number J/27268, a Boy 1st Class on the Royal Naval Ship H.M.S. “Clan McNaughton.” Born in 1898, he was one of eight children and the son of George Hillsey – a General Labourer – and Ellen Hillsey of 53, North Road, South Wimbledon. (Later 10, Quicks Road). He drowned in the North Atlantic 3rd February 1915 at the age of 18. He is commemorated on 10. CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL.

The Chatham Memorial

HMS Clan McNaughton was a 4985 ton passenger cargo vessel, built in 1911 and requisitioned November 1914 from the Clan Line Steamers Ltd, Glasgow.  It is thought that Clan McNaughton foundered in a severe gale off the north coast of Ireland. Last heard from on 3rd February 1915, wreckage was later found in the area and Clan McNaughton was presumed sunk with the 281 strong crew. There is some speculation that she had a new crew who were generally unfamiliar with the vessel, and that the armaments added to the deck destabilised her making the McNaughton vulnerable to such severe weather as was found on the day she lost contact. There is also a theory that she was mined. (Mansfield, Henry, R) died on this same ship)

H.M.S. Clan MacNaughton

Arthur Hitchins

Service Number 376273, a Private in the 1st/9th Battalions of the Durham Light Infantry. Born in London in 1880, he was a plasterer by trade.  He was the son of Mrs. Thatcher (formerly Hitchins), and the husband of Esther Lock (formerly Hitchins). He lived at 3, East Road, S. Wimbledon. (Later 11, North Rd., South Wimbledon). He joined the army in Wimbledon and died in France of wounds 9th June 1918 at the age of 39. He is buried in grave XXI. C. 7.BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY. His widow Esther was sent his effects of £19 13s 5d

Bienvillers Miltary Cemetery

Charles Henry Holloway

Service Number 33733, a Private in the 6th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment. Born in Lambeth in 1897 he was the only child of Charles Holloway – a House Driver – and Florence – a Miller and Carman – of 21, Leyton Road, S. Wimbledon. He joined the army in Kingston and died of wounds in Flanders 15th October 1917. He is buried in grave  I.D.14 OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, BAILLEUL

Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul

Henry James Hookey

Service Number 12606, a Private in the 8th Battalion, ‘D’ Company of the Devonshire Regiment. Born in Battersea in 1898, he was baptised at All Saints’ Church, South Wimbledon by the Rev. Pickering on 6th September 1899.  He was the son of William Hookey – a japanner – and Annie Hookey (born Lambeth 1868 – a charwoman). In 1911 the family were living at 37, Cowper Road, S. Wimbledon. (Later moving to 279, Haydon’s Rd., South Wimbledon). By this time Annie was a widow living with her three children: – William George (born Lambeth 1891 – a carman in a laundry), John Alfred (born Lambeth 1894 – a shop porter in a wine store) and Henry James (born Battersea 1898 – an errand boy in a jewellers). Henry joined the army in London and was killed in action aged 19 at Flanders 4th September 1916. He is commemorated on the Pier and Face 1 C. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. The sum of £16 11s 11d was sent to his mother.


Charles Robert Hughes

Service Number 94040, a Gunner in the 69th Brigade, ‘C’ Battery, the Royal Field Artillery. One of three children, he was born in Wimbledon in 1890, the son of Alfred Hughes – an Assistant Schoolmaster – and Elizabeth Hughes of 208, Haydons Road, South Wimbledon. He was a carriage cleaner by trade. He died at Mesopotamia 6th July 1917 and his grave is XV. G. 8.BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY

Baghdad War Cemetery

Edward Hunt

Service Number G/1542, a Private in the 7th Battalion of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He was the son of Mrs Hannah Hunt – a Laundry Woman – of 20, Wandle Road, South Wimbledon, and the late William George Hunt. He was killed in action on the Somme during the attempt to capture Trones Wood, 14th July 1916 aged 20. He is commemorated on the Pier and Face 5 D and 6 D.THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.  His brother Robert also fell. His father was still alive when his son Edward died and therefore received his effects totalling £9 10s 7d


Robert Hunt

Service Number 12520, a Private in the 8th Battalion of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Born in Tottenham, he was the son of Mrs Hannah Hunt of 20, Wandle Road, South Wimbledon and the late William George Hunt. He joined the army in Kingston and died of wounds following the Battle ofPilckem Ridge, 3rd August 1917 aged 28. His grave is I. C. 1. GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY. His brother Edward also fell. William Hunt did not live to see his second son die as it is recorded that Robert’s effects were sent to Hannah.  They totalled just £5 4s.

Godewaersvelde British Cemetery

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