Herbert Oldham

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:431st Field Coy
Name of Rgt or Ship:Royal Engineers 66th Div.
How Died:Died - Appendicitis
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Stretford Cemetery
Town Memorial:Stretford
Extra Information:
Born 1894, the son of John William & Lucy Oldham (nee Thorn). 

1901 Census – Glanmar, Liverpool Road, Irlam.    Son - aged: 7 - born:
Colorada, U.S.A. (British Subject).       Head of household - John William
Oldham - Married - aged: 39 - occ: Builder Foreman Bricklayer - born:
Manchester.    Also - Lucy Oldham - Wife - aged: 38 - born: Manchester.   
Plus - 3 elder siblings and a boarder.

1911 Census – 2 Woodbine Terrace, Irlam.    Son - aged: 17 - occ: Order
Clerk at Soap Works - born: Manchester.    Head of household - John William
Oldham - Married - aged: 49 - occ: Clerk of Works - born: Manchester.   
Also - Lucy Oldham - Wife - aged: 49 - born: Manchester.    Plus - 3

I am most grateful to Neil Drum & Pete Thomas for allowing me to use
verbatim the following extract from their superb 623 page book "A District
at War - Irlam & Cadishead's Part in the Great War", an incredibly detailed
and comprehensive book that is not only a credit to them, but a magnificent
memorial to the WW1 men of that district.

Born circa 1894, Herbert was the second son of John William (died 19th
August 1941, aged 80) and Lucy Oldham (died 26th May 1942, aged 80).   The
1901 Census records that the family lived in Liverpool Road, Irlam and his
father (born c. 1872) was a foreman bricklayer and his brother, John (c.
1884) was employed as a bricklayer.    His sisters were Eleanor (c. 1886)
and Alice (1892). All were born in Manchester, except Herbert who is
recorded to have been born in Colorado, United States (although the
Soldiers Died in the Great War states he was born at Gorton, Manchester).
Herbert spent his youth in Irlam before moving to Trafford Park.    He was
a member of a choir in Gorse Hill, Stretford.
Herbert died of appendicitis at the Military Hospital, Colchester. The
inscription on his grave reads: “A Voice is Stilled?.    He is
commemorated on the Royal Engineers Memorial in Failsworth and also the St
Paul’s Wesleyan Methodist Church (Irlam) Roll of Honour, but is not on
the Irlam and Cadishead War Memorial.

The Royal Engineers Memorial was previously sited at the R.E's HQ at

Memorials found on:
Royal Engineers HQ
Stretford Borough Memorial Book
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