Frederick William HALLAM
Rank: Private
Number: 35577
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 14 November 1916
Age: 26
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Between April and June 1876, William Hallam, a shoemaker, married Clara Tuck at St Peter's Church, Prestbury. William originated from the Bramhall area so it is likely that Clara (who had been born in Gloucestershire) was living in Prestbury at the time.

Apart from Frederick, they are known to have had three other, older children. Like Frederick they had all been born in the Hazel Grove/Bramhall area. Lilian in 1879; Thomas in 1881; Blanche in 1887 and Frederick in 1890. The 1901 Census, which records Frederick as William Hallam, also mentions other people named Hallam living in the same area who must have been relatives.

Frederick attended Great Moor School and, by this time, the family were living at 400 Buxton Road, Great Moor. They worshipped at St Saviour's Church. It's not known what Frederick did for a living before he enlisted into the army in early 1916.

On the day he was killed, Frederick and his comrades were in trenches near the village of Aveluy, in the heart of the Somme battlefield. The unit's War Diary makes no mention of casualties but does record "The enemy were shelling at intervals throughout the day and night. HQ dug-out and most of the Company HQ dug-outs came in for special attention". If Frederick ever had a proper grave, its location was lost over the course of the war and he is now commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at nearby Thiepval.

He is also commemorated on the Memorial at St George's Church and much of the personal information recorded here is taken from a previous research project into the men on that Memorial.

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