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12 Springfield Road

History of 12 Springfield Road

1913:

Harry Edward Hall, surgical bootmaker

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George Eusden was born in 1889, son of George and Hannah of Old Chesterton. By 1915 the father had died and George’s foster father was Harry Edward Hall.

After leaving St Luke’s school he worked for his foster father as a bootmaker then in 1907 enlisted in the East Lancs Regt. He was the regimental shoemaker.

As a corporal with the 1st Batt. he was wounded in France in July 1916. On July 31st 1917 he was killed by a shell while leading a bombing party.

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William James Hall was born c.1896 to Harry Edward and Emily. He attended St Luke’s School and first worked for Mr Finch, plumber, of Chesterton Road. He joined the Cambridge Territorial Rgmt. and was mobilised in August 1914.  He was killed in action on 13th August 1917.

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Cambridge Daily News 27.8.1917

LOCAL CASUALTIES. CAMBRIDGE. Mr. and Mrs. H E. Hall, Springfield-road, Cambridge, have been notified that their son, Pte. William James Hall, Cambs. Regt. (attached to Suffolk Regt.), was killed on August 13th. This is the second loss they have sustained in a fortnight. Pte. Hall was in his 21st year, and as a lad was a well-known member of the Cambs. Co. (St. Andrew’s, Old Chesterton) Boys’ Brigade, leaving as sergeant. Being of fine physique, he at once joined the Cambs. Regt. when 15 years of age, and was mobilised at the outbreak of war. He was then an apprentice to Mr. L. Finch, plumber and fitter, of Chesterton-road. He was educated at St. Luke’s School. Mrs. Hall has received a letter from Sergt. Brooks, who says: “It is with deep regret that I am writing these few lines to you referring to your son, W. J. Hall (Jim), who was killed the 13th inst. In him we have lost a fine soldier and one liked by all of us. He always carried out his duties a true soldier, and never grumbled. I did not see him killed, nor afterwards, but the sad news was told me by one who was quite near him, and said Jim was killed instantaneously and suffered nothing. I trust that will be of some consolation to you, and the fact that he gave his life in so gallant a way for his country and his dear ones at home. On behalf of the N.C.O.’s and men of the platoon I forward their true sympathy in your great loss and sorrow. Jim will always live in our memory as a clean living, straightforward and ever willing chum. All keenly feel his loss.”—Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Hall desire to tender their sincere and heartfelt to thanks the many friends for their letters of sympathy in their bereavement.

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