Harman Stawman (1896-1917)
Like most of the twenty-two men remembered on the Salendine Nook Baptist Church memorial, Harman Stawman, lived in Longwood. He was born on 22 September 1896, probably in the family home at Lower Skircoat Green, Halifax, where the family were living in 1901.
Harman's father, Henry, was an iron borer and had been born in Halifax some thirty years earlier. His mother, Alice (nee Wheelwright) was the daughter of a dyer from Outlane and the couple married in Halifax Parish church the year before Harman's birth. Harman was baptised in the parish church at Salterhebble.
Most of Harman's schooling was at Longwood Church of England School and the family — his brothers Albert was born in 1899, Fred 1903, and sisters Edith Alice, 1901, Mable 1905 and Gladys, 1906 — were living in a two-roomed house, number 1 Leys, Longwood, in 1911. Henry was by then a lamplighter. Harman was the only child of working age and was a cloth piecer in a woollen mill. The family budget must have been stretched. Three children had died young.
Harman seems to have enlisted in the Duke of Wellington's Territorial Force at Milnsbridge in March 1914, probably joining the 7th Battalion, and was given the number 1583. For some reason he was not with the Battalion when it landed in France in April 1915, but landed in France on 29 June 1915 while still under 19 years old.
Arriving in France in 1915 meant of course, that he was eligible of the 1915 Star. His brother Albert also seems to have joined the 7th Battalion, before the war. However, since he was only aged 16 or so when the war broke, he could not serve abroad and was transferred to the 2/7th. However, since he had volunteered to go abroad he was later eligible for the Territorial Force War Medal, arriving in Europe in 1917 after he became 18. He survived the war and married in 1919.
Harman was later transferred to 9th Battalion of the Dukes, a Service Battalion, receiving a new Service Number. It was with this battalion that he was killed on the 17 April 1917 in the Somme. He was only twenty years old and had been in France for less than two years during which he probably took part in various phases of the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the Missing.
Locally he is remembered at Salendine Nook and at St. Mark's Church, Longwood.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- STAWMAN, HARMAN. Private. No 300196. 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Siddal, Halifax, 22.9.1896. Son of Harry Stawman, 1 Leys, Longwood, Huddersfield. Educated Longwood Church of England School. Employed as a piecer. Single. Enlisted in the local Territorials in March, 1914. Killed in action, 17.4.1917, aged 20 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated ARRAS MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Private HARMAN STAWMAN
- regiment: Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
- died: Tuesday, April 17, 1917
- record ID: 1671002
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #1671002)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #4294608)
Notes and References
- He was not eighteen years old until 22 September 1914.