Pioneer 123697 William Hale

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Photograph courtesy of www.middlesbroughatwar.co.uk

Died Home on Thursday, 7th December 1916, age 48.
Buried in Grave X. C. 2850. at Middlesbrough (Linthorpe) Cemetery, Cleveland, United Kingdom.

Royal Engineers, Labour Battalion, Southampton.

Husband of Mrs A. L. Newby (formerly Hale) of 59 Calthorpe Street, Middlesbrough.
Born: Bloomfield, Staffs, Enlisted: London, Resident: Middlesbrough.

First landed France & Flanders, 13th October 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial, but commemorated on the Middlesbrough War Memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/408650/

Genealogical Data

1871 Census
1 House, Court 6, Bloomfield Road, Tipton, Staffs. (Between 135 & 136 Bloomfield Road)
Samuel Hale (36, Puddler, born Tipton), his wife Sarah (30, born Tipton), and their 6 children: Sarah J. (11, born Tipton), Edward R. (10, born Tipton), Samuel (8, born Tipton), Rachael (6, born Tipton), William (4, born Tipton) and Betsy (1 month, born Tipton).

1881 Census
35 Workhouse Lane, Tipton, Staffs.
Samuel Hale (47, Puddler of Iron, born Bloomfield), and his 6 children: Edward R. (20, Puddler of Iron, born Bloomfield), Rachael (16, born Bloomfield), William (14, born Bloomfield), Betsy (12, born Bloomfield), Phoebe (8, born Bloomfield) and Samuel (5, born Hill Top).

1901 Census
No trace can be found.

Marriage of William Matthew Hale and Annie Louisa Pattison registered December quarter 1903 at Middlesbrough. Annie had married Thomas Pattison in June quarter 1887, he had died in June quarter 1902. Annie was to marry for a third time when she married Allison P. Newby in September quarter 1918.

1911 Census
41 Stanley Street, Middlesbrough.
William M. Hale (44, Labourer, born Bloomfield, Staffs), his wife Annie L. (41, born Wolverhampton), their 2 children: John W. (7, born Middlesbrough) and Sarah A. (2, born Middlesbrough); also William’s 3 step-children: Hannah L. Pattison (21, born Stockton), John Pattison (18, Labourer, born Hull) and James J. Pattison (10, born Stockton).

Personal Data

William enlisted with the Royal Engineers in approximately October 1915, his Medal Index Card shows that he entered France on 13th October 1915. This short interval between enlistment and active service overseas leaves very little time for any military training, suggesting that he was to be utilised as in effect a Labourer. This ties up with his rank of 'Pioneer' which would be unskilled labour, a skilled man would be classed as 'Sapper'.

After William's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £10/5/1d (10 pounds, 5 shillings and 1 penny); this was paid to his widow, Annie L., in March 1917. His War Gratuity was £4/10/0d (4 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to Annie in October 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that William had enlisted in approximately October 1915.

Annie was granted a pension of £1/7/6d per week for herself and her 3 children under the age of 16 (James Joseph Pattison, John William Hale and Sarah Annie Hale). This pension commenced on 11th June 1917. She was at this time living at 5 Hardman Street, Middlesbrough.

Action resulting in his death

We do not know when William was invalided back to England, but we know that he died on 7th December 1916 in hospital in Warrington. This is likely to have been the Lord Derby hospital, previously the County Asylum, Winnick – this is just north of Warrington. William died from a tumour of the brain, recorded as commencing on active service.

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