Halsey, E C
ERIC CHARLES HALSEY
Remembered with honour Croisilles Railway Cemetery: Plot II, Row B, Grave 4.
He attested in the Territorial Force 4 years service in the U.K. 24 July 1915 at Dukes Road, London W.C.: an articled clerk to an estate agent aged 19, 6’1″ tall; Private 4242 28th (County of London) Battalion London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles). He served at Home 24 July to 19 December 1915. He was gazetted into the 2/7th Battalion London Regiment 20 December 1915 and went to France in January 1917, where in May his unit fought in the battles to capture part of the heavily fortified Hindenburg Line south of Arras, around the villages of Bullecourt and Cherisy. He was killed in action whilst in the act of getting a Lewis gun into position at Cherisy [and] fell victim to a sniper. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals; his father applied for his medals.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Eric in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 30 June 1917. Also an article in the St Michael’s Church Parish Magazine dated July 1917; also articles in the Church magazine dated November 2013 reprinted September 2014.
Son of Charles Henry and Mary Ann (nee HOLT) HALSEY of Watford.
His parents married 24 February 1892 at St Mary’s, Watford. Charles died 14 July 1940 in Watford aged 73, and was buried 17 July in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Mary died 25 November 1957 in Watford aged 88, and was buried 28 November, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Eric was born 8 February 1896 in Watford, and baptised 27 March 1896 at St Mary’s, Watford. He attended Watford Grammar School from September 1908 to July 1913.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1901 Census, aged 5 he lived in Watford, with his parents and no siblings. On the 1911 Census, at school aged 15, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and no siblings.
Unit7th (City of London) Battalion
Date of death19*/06/1917
Age at death21
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)