Fred Hallas (1891-1915)

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Fred Hallas (1891-1915)

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

HALLAS, FRED. Guardsman. No 14045. Coldstream Guards. Born Shelley. Son of Charles Hallas, of Gatefoot, Shepley. He had been employed as an attendant at Storths Hall Asylum at the time of enlisting, in November 1914, but prior to then had worked for Messrs Kaye and Stewart, Huddersfield. Played football with the Lower Cumberworth club. Trained at Windsor and Caterham and embarked for France in July, 1915. Killed in action at Vermelles, 20.10.1915, aged 24 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated LOOS MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His brother, Company Sergeant Major Hallas, who fought in the Boer War and was on the staff of the Huddersfield Recruiting Staff, received the following letter from Lieutenant Ferguson, 'Your brother Private Fred Hallas was in my platoon and was killed by a shell on the evening of October 19th. Two German shells exploded right in the bit of a trench which my platoon was holding, killing six and wounding three men. Your brother Fred Hallas was killed instantenously. He was buried the same night and a cross with his name and the date he was killed marks his grave. Next morning our Chaplain read the service beside the grave and those of the other men who had been killed at the same time. May I say how much I sympathise with you all in your loss. Your brother had not been out here long poor fellow but at any rate you must all have the consolation of knowing that he died in action, a soldier's death. I am glad to hear of the spirit shown amongst many young men when the news of his death became known.'
ROH:- New Mill Working Men's Club; Fulstone War Memorial; Shepley War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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