Henry Hall (1892-1918)
In 1911 John William Hall, aged 49, and Mary Ann, aged 50, his wife of twenty-six years, and their family, lived on Reinwood Road in the lodge cottage of Royd House where John worked as a coachman for James Calverly, woollen manufacturer, who lived in the mansion. Henry, born in April 1892, attended Oakes Council School.
The Lodge was not a mansion. Having only three rooms it must have felt very cramped indeed for a family of two grown sons, Henry 17, worked as a healder, and Leonard 23 was a weaver, and Amy 15, was a warper. John aged 11, was still at school. The living-kitchen must have doubled as a bedroom. The Halls had been there over twenty years.
Up the drive, his employer Mrs. Calverey, the widow of the textile manufacturer James Calverley, who had part-owned the mill on Plover Road, had nine rooms for a household of three people.
Children and parents were born in Quarmby probably not far from the Lodge. Being a coachman may not have been well paid however it did come with a small cottage. In the days when almost all working people lived in rented houses this was an advantage. The disadvantage was that the house went with the job and vice-versa: if the worker lost his job then he also lost his house.
According to Margaret Stansfield, Huddersfield's Roll of Honour 1914-1922, Henry was a married man. The only evidence of this is in the national marriage index: a Henry Hall married a Maggie Pogson, who may have come from Meltham, in the last quarter of 1915.
In January 1916, not long after he married, Henry enlisted at the barracks in Halifax, probably after putting his name forward under the Derby Scheme, and initially he served in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. He was later transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers, no doubt when he finished his training. He was transferred again into the Durham Light Infantry and eventually on to the Labour Corps and then the Royal Engineers, where he served in a Forestry Company.
He died over two years after joining the army, having survived many actions including the German Spring Offensive of 1918, from bronchial pneumonia at No. 2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville on 29 October 1918. He was buried in the town's Communal Cemetery.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- HALL, HENRY. Sapper. No 361986. 364th Forestry Company, Royal Engineers. Born Reinwood Road, Quarmby Cliffe in April 1892. Son of Mr and Mrs J. W. Hall, 151 Roydhouse Lodge, Reinwood Road, Quarmby, Lindley. Educated Oakes Council School. Employed as a healder. Married. Enlisted in January 1916. Died of bronchial pneumonia in No 2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 29.10.1918, aged 24 years. Buried ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Grave location:- Plot 4, Row K, Grave 13.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Though it was not unusually small for 1911.