1. Memorial:Luddendenfoot Congregational Chapelyard374
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.128
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour54A GQS

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Family :

Born at Rishworth, Yorkshire. Resident at 52 Essex Street, Halifax at the time of the 1911 census, together with his wife Emily. They were married in 1910, but no children recorded. It is probably a peculiarity of the times that son, Sam Clifford Lumb was born 1910, but didn't appear against the census

Education & Career :

Solicitors Articled Clerk (1911).
Solicitor, Hippenholme (1916).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 16/Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 

16th (Service) Battalion (Chatsworth Rifles) Formed at Derby on 16 April 1915, by the Duke of Devonshire and the Derbyshire TF Association. Moved to Buxton on 4 may 1915 and then on to Redmires near Sheffield on 8 June. 2 September 1915 : moved to Hursley near Winchester and attached to 117th Brigade in 39th Division. Moved to Aldershot on 30 September 1915 but soon moved to Witley. 6 March 1916 : landed at Le Havre. 16 May 1918 : reduced to cadre strength. 16 August 1918 : transferred to 197th Brigade in 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division.

Action : The Battles of Ypres 1917 (Third Ypres, or Passchendaele) 

31 July - 10 November 1917. By the summer of 1917 the British Army was able for the first time to fight on its chosen ground on its terms. Having secured the southern ridges of Ypres at Messines in June, the main attack started on 31st July 1917 accompanied by what seemed like incessant heavy rain, which coupled with the artillery barrages conspired to turn much of the battlefield into a bog. Initial failure prompted changes in the high command and a strategy evolved to take the ring of ridges running across the Ypres salient in a series of 'bite and hold' operations, finally culminating in the capture of the most easterly ridge on which sat the infamous village of Passchendaele. The Official History carries the footnote ?The clerk power to investigate the exact losses was not available? but estimates of British casualties range from the official figure of 244,000 to almost 400,000. Within five months the Germans pushed the British back to the starting line, which was where they had been since May 1915.

Enlisted in the Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment. His Service number: 92416

Detail :

John Cotterill 6. Pte Samuel LUMB 16th Bn (Chatsworth Rifles) Died 2/11/17. 117 Bde of 39 Div. LUMB is buried in Luddendenfoot Congregational Chapel yard in Calderdale near Halifax. This is a mid 19th century chapel serving the mill workers of the Calder Valley. He evidently died at home of wounds or disease. Either are possible as the Chatsworth Rifles were heavily engaged on the Somme in 1916 and throughout 3rd Ypres in 1917.

UK Soldiers Effects register shows death cause was Wounds and location as Orpington. He reportedly died of Sepsis as a result of Wounds received at the Battle of Paschendaele.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Lightcliffe No. 3332 E.C.Yorkshire (West Riding)

8th December 1915
12th January 1916
12th April 1916

Was initiated into Lightcliffe Lodge at the meeting following Rowland Lumb joining the Lodge from St. James' Lodge No. 448 Halifax. With 7 years between them, it is not father son relationship, but hard to preclude this is not family, perhaps a cousin.

[From "Lightcliffe Lodge No 3332: the first hundred years" by R.G. Taylor (2008)]
On July 28th, the brethren held a banquet to see Worshipful Master Richard Waite off to join the Royal Engineers. In the same month, the lodge established a roll of honour, listing the 11 members and their sons who had joined His Majesty's Forces, and in February 1916, sent "a small token of their appreciation and admiration of your patriotic spirit" to those on the roll. The story of one of them, Private Sam Lumb, epitomises the horror of the First World War.

Sam's Tragic End: Thirty-three year old solicitor Sam was initiated in December 1915, and became chief steward the following year. He was called to the Sherwood Foresters in May 1917, and went to war three months later. Sam fought at Passchendaele, one of the most famous offensives of the war, in the battle of Menin Road at Ypres.... Sam was wounded in the thigh on 20th September. He was brought home four days later, and died of septic poisoning on 2nd November at a military hospital in Orpington. The lodge held a Masonic memorial service for him in December. They had given him a bible to mark the birth of his daughter only 14 months earlier.

[photograph from a Halifax newspaper]

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