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9416   Sergeant Hugh Benjamin Haslam
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Battalion, Connaught Rangers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 16/07/1890
Died: 26/08/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 27
Summary      
Hugh Benjamin Haslam was the son of Edmund Bury and Margaret Haslam. He was born and lived in Sherrygroom, Stewartstown on 16th July 1890. He was one of at least six children. Hugh Haslam and Georgina Gallagher were married on 11th November 1915 in Belfast. Hugh Haslam enlisted in Clydebank, Scotland. He served with the 6th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers. He was severely wounded and died from his wounds on Sunday 26th August 1917. In his will he left all to his wife Georgina, who was living at 18 St Vincent Street, Belfast.
Sergeant Hugh Benjamin Haslam
Further Information
Hugh Haslam was the son of Edmund Bury and Margaret Haslam. Edmund Haslam and Margaret Kelly were married on 26th September 1881 in the district of Coleraine.
Hugh Benjamin Haslam was born at Sherrygroom, Stewartstown on 16th July 1890. He was one of at least six children, four surviving.
Known family: Edmund Bury Haslam, Margaret Haslam, Jonathan H Haslam (born 23rd June 1882), Edmund Haslam (born 7th November 1885, died 2nd December 1895, age 10), William Haslam (born 18th January 1888), Hugh Benjamin Haslam (born 16th July 1890), Robert Haslam (born 21st September 1892), Jane Haslam (born 23rd October 1897, died 23rd October 1897).
The 1901 census records Hugh as 11 years old, living with the family at Sherrygroom, Stewartstown, County Tyrone. Hugh was still at school. His father was a bookkeeper from Lancashire in England.
Hugh Haslam and Georgina Gallagher were married on 11th November 1915 in Belfast. It is not known if they had any children.
Hugh Haslam enlisted in Clydebank, Scotland.
Medal card
Hugh Benjamin Haslam served with the 6th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers.
Records show that he received a wound to his hand and spent some time in hospital as well as a spell on home on leave.
His battalion served with the 16th Irish Division in July and August 1917 and were fighting North-East of Ypres, Belgium, where Sergeant Haslam was severely wounded.
Sergeant Hugh Haslam was taken to hospital in Boulogne where he had his right arm amputated.
Sergeant Hugh Benjamin Haslam died from his wounds on Sunday 26th August 1917.
In his will he left all to his wife Georgina, who was living at 18 St Vincent Street, Belfast.
Last Will and Testament of Sergeant Hugh Haslam dated 20th March 1917
Hugh Haslam:  Form filled Will
Hugh Haslam: Will Information
In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to Mrs Georgina Maud Haslam, Wife, Address: 18 St Vincent Street, Belfast. Hugh Haslam. Sergeant 2/9416 Connaught Rangers. 20 March 1917.
Sergeant Hugh Benjamin Haslam is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.
Hugh’s brother, Robert Haslam, served throughout the war. He was taken prisoner in March 1918 and arrived home in January 1919.
The CWGC record Sergeant Hugh Benjamin Haslam as the son of Mrs James Greer of The Park, Priestland, Bushmills, County Antrim. He is also recorded as the husband of Georgina M Haslam of 18 St Vincent Street, Shore Road, Belfast.
The book ‘Portrush Heroes 1914-18’ lists Hugh on page 80.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Sherrigrim, Stewartstown Stewartstown Census listing in Sherrigrim 54.578794 -6.749567
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Haslam family 1901 census lists Hugh B as age 11 at house 46 in Sherrugrim, Stewartstown
2 Lennox Wylie - Portrush Heroes Commemorated in Ballywillan Presbyterian Church, includes photo with brother Robert
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Hugh Haslam
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant Hugh Haslam's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020