HALAM IN THE GREAT WAR

Four men from Halam were killed in World War I:-

18009 Private John BARKER - Labour Corps (formerly 58354 York & Lancs Regt.)

126653 Driver John CLARKE - Royal Engineers

12821 Sergeant Seth HURT - Sherwood Foresters

123238 Private James STUBBS - Machine Gun Corps

Their names are recorded on the WWI War Memorial at Halam School

As part of our Remembrance of WWI we are trying to find out more about these men -where they lived, their families, what line of work they did, and so on. We would very much like to have photographs of these soldiers to put into a newsletter for the village.

If you can help us find out more, please contact us on andrew_paris@yahoo.com

Many thanks!


 


HALAM LANCASTER BOMBER MEMORIAL

Did you know that an Avro Lancaster bomber crashed in Halam, during the Second World War?

In the early hours of Saturday 10 th April 1943 Lancaster ED823 belonging to 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit took off from Winthorpe for a night navigation training flight. The aircraft crashed at 01:25 in Halam, just off School Lane, tragically all seven crew members were killed.

They were:-

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Flight Sergeant

L W LEAN

RAAF

Pilot

Aged 22

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Sergeant

F DUNKIN

RAAF

Flight Engineer

Aged 21

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Flying Officer

E LAMBERT

  Navigator

Aged 34

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Sergeant

H U OXSPRING

  Bomb Aimer

Aged 27

1345277

Sergeant

W S L GRAHAM

  Wireless Operator

Aged 20

R/115799

Flight Sergeant

R D LEWIS

RCAF

Air Gunner

Aged 22

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Sergeant W G STEPHENSON   Air Gunner Aged 21


The three Commonwealth airmen are buried at Newark Cemetery; William George Stephenson is buried in Gilroes Cemetery, Leicester; Edward Lambert at Fleetwood Borough Cemetery, near Blackpool; Henry Utley Oxspring at Hoyland Nether Cemetery, near Barnsley; and William Shearer Graham is buried in the Glasgow Western Necropolis.

A group of Halam residents have organised the erection of a permanent memorial to these seven young men who gave their lives at time of war. This memorial is a large stone with a carved inscription in a fenced off area of School Lane, near the crash site, with a bench and grassed area. This has been made possible through the generosity of Nottinghamshire County Council "Local Improvement Scheme" (funding) and Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK (for the gift of the stone).

Choosing the stone at the Lafarge quarry, Mount Sorrel, Loughborough

The loss of the lives of these seven brave young men was a sad wartime event for the village; when they left their homes and their families they were really no more than boys. We felt that their sacrifice should be honoured..

The site for the memorial, just off School Lane on the edge of the Norwood Park Golf Course

We are hoping to put together a booklet about the crew and their plane and would be delighted to hear from any relatives of the airmen, and from anyone with memories of Winthorpe and the 1661 HCU.

For more information about the history behind the memorial - CLICK HERE

CAN YOU HELP US WITH ANY INFORMATION PLEASE?


The memorial stone being delivered...

The stone ready for the inscription carving...

The landscaping team, stone masons, delievry truck driver, Halam Memorial Group
and Shani from Notts. County Council with the memorial stone in its final position

For more information about the history behind the memorial - CLICK HERE

Turf being laid...

Andy from Acer Landscapes laying the turf at the memorial site. LDC Restoration have
started to cut out the stone for insertion of the inscribed granite plaque

MEMORIAL SERVICE AND DEDICATION

The memorial was dedicated on 10th April 2011 - 68 years to the day after the death of the seven airman.

A Memorial Service was held in Halam Church, followed by a Dedication Ceremony at the memorial site.

Click here to see the Order of Service

The event was well attended; there were family members and relatives of four of the seven crew members present, as well as representatives from the RAF and Australian and Canadian air forces. Over 200 people turned out on a gloriously sunny Spring day for the Dedication.

Click here to see pictures of the Dedication - a most memorable and moving day

There are more images of the day in the "GALLERY" on www.declanjoycephotography.co.uk


Click on the picture above to see a close-up picture of the inscription

The finished Memorial Stone



 


This web-site will be all about the charming village of Halam, Nottinghamshire. It will feature history, news and events of the parish. Your comments and views as to what you would like to see here are welcome.

Thanks for visiting Halam's website - Andrew Paris

 


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