Private 42583 John Hulme

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Photographs courtesy of John's nephew, George Treadwell.

Killed in Action on Sunday, 8th October 1916, age 19.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C of Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 74th Company. 25th Division.
Formerly 16312 South Staffordshire Regiment.

Son of Mrs Alice Treadwell, of 210, Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and Park Chapel memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/794239/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
37 Tipton Road, Rowley Regis, Staffs.
Alice Hume (sic) (26, Widow, born Gornal), and her son John (3, born Rowley Regis).

1911 Census
220 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
James Treadwell (33, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Alice (37, born Gornal), James' Stepson: John Hulme (14, Labourer, born Tipton), and James and Alice's two children: Emma Treadwell (8, born Tipton), and George E. Treadwell (5, born Tipton).

Personal Data

This man is commemorated on the Park Methodist Church Memorial as John Hume, all other uses of his surname spell it as Hulme.

John Hulme's mother was widowed at an early age and later married James Treadwell. James became the landlord of The Barrel public house in Dudley Port. There was a shooting range here where young John became a crack-shot, winning cigarettes from the customers. This may have assisted his army career as by October 1916 he had transferred from the South Staffs Regiment to the 74th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, belonging to the 25th Division.

Action resulting in his death

On 26th September 1916, 25th Division took over a sector of line immediately south of the River Ancre in the area to the North of Thiepval. A major attack was made on 9th October - in appalling ground conditions - capturing the north face of Stuff Redoubt, about a mile north-east of Thiepval. It is likely that Private Hulme was killed by artillery fire in the German bombardment in the days prior to the assault. Private Hulme has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 4th November 1916
The friends of Private J. Hulme, of a Machine Gun section, will hear with much sorrow of his death in action. The officer commanding the section, writing to Private Hulme's mother (who lives at 210 Dudley Port, Tipton), says that he was instantaneously killed on the 7th October. "Perhaps it will be of some consolation to you to know that your loss is shared by his comrades in his old section, and, in fact, by the whole company. He had not been with us very long, but has made himself popular by his cheery disposition. Ever a good soldier, he died a soldier's death, and is buried near the spot where he fell."