Aaron HALLAM
Rank: Gunner
Number: 66141
Unit: 70th Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 24 April 1917
Age: 22 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

In the late autumn of 1889, Aaron Hallam, a railway engine driver, married Elizabeth Gibson. They would have at least six children together. Their first two children were daughters but then a boy was born and, in the custom of the times, he was named after his father. Unfortunately, nothing else is known of their son’s life until he joined the army at Stockport. Even, then, it is not possible to be certain when he joined up but his service number is low enough for him to have been a pre-War regular soldier.

If he was a regular soldier, then 70th Brigade will not have been his original unit as it was not formed until just after the War started and did not go overseas until the middle of 1915. Aaron might have been transferred after recovering from illness or an earlier wound or he might have been assigned immediately to provide expertise for the new recruits.

The Battle of Arras had opened on 9 April 1917 and the British continued to press their successes throughout the month, in a series of further attacks. On the 24th, another advance was scheduled and Aaron and his comrades would support the attack by 46th Infantry Brigade by firing to demolish the German barbed wire and their strongpoints in the trench system. The attack went in at 4pm and was successful with the infantry gaining their objectives. However, the German artillery very quickly opened on the British artillery positions at Feuchy with the intent of knocking out the guns. Aaron was killed during this counter-bombardment.

   
           
   
     
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