HALFORD John Albert
Regiment : 3rd/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 3913
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 13th November 1915 aged 42
Buried : Redditch (Plymouth Road) Cemetery, Worcestershire, England, Grave C. 10.
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Redditch St Stephen's Church.
Credits : Researched by Jillian Coombes.
Resident Redditch, Worcestershire, enlisted Worcester
The Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger, Saturday 20th November 1915:
Death of Redditch Territorial Sergeant – Military Funeral
Military honours were accorded on Wednesday at the funeral of Sergeant J. Halford, of the 8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, formerly of Redditch, who died at the military hospital, Bournbrook. Sergeant Halford, was at one time a member of Redditch (H) Company, and re-joined his regiment soon after the outbreak of the war. After doing useful work in recruiting he was attached to the 2/8th Battalion, but was subsequently seized with illness. A short service took place at St Stephen’s Church, the Vicar (the Rev. A. Cardross Grant) officiating. In addition members of the Redditch Rifle Corps, together with the band, and members of the Redditch Recruiting Committee, attended. A firing party of soldiers from Worcester was present, and the bearers were six soldiers who were home on leave. There was a large gathering of people at the cemetery where the last rites were performed by the Vicar, the ceremony concluding with the firing of a volley over the grave, and the sounding of the last post by the bugles. Deceased leaves a widow and a large family, with whom much sympathy is felt.
Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger digitised by and courtesy of Martin Stephens: http://www.bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk
On the 1911 census John Albert Halford aged 37, Fish Hook Maker, was married to Emma and they lived at 95 Lodge Road, Redditch. They had 6 children living at home.