|1. Memorial:||Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery||III. D. 40.|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.124|
|3. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||13C GQS|
Awards & Titles:
Family :Son of John and Annie Halson, of 21, Borough St., Brighton. Born at Leytonstone, London.
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: E Corps Signal Company|
|Action : The Battles of the Lys|
9 April - 29 April 1918. As the first phase of the great German campaign of 1918 lost momentum and failed in its objective to split the British and French armies, subsidiary attacks were shift the balance of the attack and to seek opportunities to exploit other sectors. On the Lys the Germans initially enjoyed spectacular success against a Portuguese Division but the gap was soon plugged and the advance halted.
His service record is partially destroyed by fire (part of the Burnt Records) but what is shown is that his Attestation into the Royal Engineers, enlisting at Mansion House on 24th January 1916, made his living as a Private Hotel Proprietor and resident at 10 Warwick Road, Earls Court, Kensington. He was a widower. His sister-in-law (Annie Jackson) was in residence with him at the time and was his given next-of-kin.
His service number was 160818 and he progressed in Rank from Private, to Pioneer to Corporal in the space of 2 months, also joining the Signals Depot of the Royal Engineers. He embarked for service abroad 14th July 1916 and spent the next 18 months on operations.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Panmure No. 720 E.C.||London|
17th January 1916
Note that the 1921 book shows as HALSON C.C., and also Cecil Croll Halson. When looking at the contribution record there is no reference to "Cecil" at all. The contribution records shows him as a Hotel Proprietor and "Killed in Action 30.4.18" Did not take any higher degree than Entered Apprentice.
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley