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Pte J Halewood 1/9th Liverpool Regiment

Mark Abbott

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I have recently been fortunate enough to purchase the 1914-15 Star trio to 3135 Pte John Halewood 1/9th KLR.

John (known as Jack) was born in Scarisbrick, Lancashire on the 16.11.1890, the son of Adam and Margery Halewood. Adam was a master shoe maker and it was in this trade that the young Jack started his working life. He worked for many years for A local woman, Mrs Livesey who ran a boot and shoe making business in Scarisbrick.

He joined the 9th Kings at Ormskirk prior to the out break of the war and accompanied his battalion to Francein the early months of 1915, being present at the battle of Loos. A letter from him concerning the battle appears in the Ormskirk Advertiser on the 18th November 1915.

In additiion to this letter, a poem entitled "Somebody's Soldier Boy" appeared in the "Advertiser" in 1916.

"Somewhere in the fighting line,

There's a soldier boy

Thinking of his home and friends

And he thinks of them with joy

It was for their sake he left them

His duty it was clear

He must go to fight for England,

His home and loved ones dear

He'd no regret, nor any care,

His heart was staunch and true,

He knew that England called him,

She had work for him to do.

He left his home, his mother dear,

Her blessing on him shed.

He left his sweetheart and his friends

And o'er the foam he sped.

And now he's fighting side by side,

With other British sons.

His time is spent midst shot and shell

And the booming of the guns.

He has no fear, he only prays

That someday he'll return.

Back to that dear old home

Whose heart for him does yearn.

Back to that dear old country

And to all those he holds dear,

He knows that they are preying,

His heart they are ever near.

But wherever he may wander,

Or whatever may befall,

His thought will ever be of home,

His prayer, God bless them all."

Jack Hale wood was killed in action at Guillemont on the 12th August 1916, leaving his widowed mother, brothers, sister and sweetheart Maggie. He isi buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery.

My sons and I visited his grave recently and my eldest son read the poem; a genuinley moving experience for all of us.



Collecting to men of the 55th West Lancashire


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9th King's you say?

Never 'eard of 'em!


SDGW has:

John Halewood, Private, 3135

King's (Liverpool Regiment), 9th Battalion

Born Ormskirk, Lancs, Enlisted Ormskirk, Residence Scarbrick, Lancs

Died 12 August 1916, Killed in action, France 7 Flanders


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That's OK, Doug.

Mark knows I'm not bitter that he got to the medal group before me. :angry:

Just wait until he asks me if Halewood had any other poems published :rolleyes:

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I was wondering if John Halewood had any other poems published?

If so can you assist? ;)


It's funny you should ask Mark, but yes, he did.

Now, if you have any of the tasty Belgian beer left...


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It's funny you should ask Mark, but yes, he did.

Now, if you have any of the tasty Belgian beer left...



It's chilling as I type! See you soon.

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