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stephen nulty

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Sgt. Richard Hamblett, 2nd Battalion
« on: December 07, 2007, 01:23:12 PM »
The Warrington Guardian of 1st May 1915 reported,

LOCAL SERGEANT KILLED

FOUGHT IN SOUTH AFRICA WAR

Sergeant Richard Hamblett of the 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment, whose home was at 28, Selby-street, Warrington, was killed in action on April 23rd.

The news reached his wife, Mrs Lucy Hamblett, on Thursday morning in a letter from a comrade of her husband, Corporal Ferguson of the Battalion Headquarters. Writing on April 24th, he wrote, ‘I regret to inform you of the death of your husband, Sergeant Hamblett, who was killed facing the Germans on April 23rd. His loss is greatly felt by all who knew him, for he was a brave soldier and well liked.’

Sergeant Hamblett was the son of Mrs and the late Mr Richard Hamblett, He was 35 years of age and was a Special reservist. Sergeant Hamblett had just returned from his annual two months training when the war broke out. Until he was sent to the front three months ago, he was engaged drilling recruits at Cleethorpes.

Sergeant Hamblett fought in the Boer War and earned his third stripe and also a medal with five bars. While in South Africa he conracted rheumatism and fever but recovered and was able to return home. Sergeant Hamblett , who leaves three young children, was employed by Messrs. J. Crosfield  & Sons Ltd. He attended the Sacred Heart Church


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Re: Sgt. Richard Hamblett, 2nd Battalion
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2007, 02:23:20 PM »
hiya stephen.
welcome to the forum.
thanks for the info on sgt hamblett.
hes not mentioned in the m/c papers,so it was a good find by you,tis will add him to her growing list of obituaries.

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Re: Sgt. Richard Hamblett, 2nd Battalion
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2007, 04:31:18 PM »
Thank you Stephen for that information. Is there a grave reference anyhere? 
Will keep and add it to the site. Do you have any photos of him.
regards
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Re: Sgt. Richard Hamblett, 2nd Battalion
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2007, 07:05:45 PM »
I can find only one Hamblett with the 2nd Bn for the SA War 796 Pte S. Hamblett with bars Wittebergen, Transvaal & Cape Colony. He also as the KSA Medal with bar 1901 & 2.

I've had his QSA medal for over 20years now. Could this be the same man?

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Re: Sgt. Richard Hamblett, 2nd Battalion
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2007, 11:30:19 PM »
hi Stephen ( welcome back)

his SDGW entry



Roy, that's an unusual name, was S hamblett was MR soldier?

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Re: Sgt. Richard Hamblett, 2nd Battalion
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2007, 09:52:35 AM »
Yes he in the  Manch Regt 2nd Bn.

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Re: Sgt. Richard Hamblett, 2nd Battalion
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2007, 09:56:32 AM »
Name: HAMBLETT, RICHARD
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Age: 36
Date of Death: 23/04/1915
Service No: 6473
Additional information: Husband of Lucy J. Hamblett, of 38, Selby St., Warrington.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 12A.
Cemetery: CHESTER FARM CEMETERY



The cemetery was begun in March 1915 and was used by front line troops until November 1917. Plot I contains the graves of 92 officers and men of the 2nd Manchesters, who died in April-July 1915 and there are 72 London Regiment burials elsewhere in the Cemetery. There are 420 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. Seven of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate six casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

CWGC site info
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Re: Sgt. Richard Hamblett, 2nd Battalion
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2007, 06:17:01 PM »
sgt hamblett was born at 3 victoria st,warrington in 1881,son of richard+ann,his father worked in the local wire works.
he had at least 2 older brothers,john and james and a elder sister mary.
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Re: Sgt. Richard Hamblett, 2nd Battalion
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2007, 08:58:42 AM »
Hi Stephen and Welcome back  ;D

Don't know if you already have this but in 1901 he was still living at home with Mum & the rest of the family
9 Ellesmere Street, St. Elphin, Warrington (all born Lanes: Warrington)

Ann Hamblett     47 Head Widow
James Hamblett    28 Son Single Steam Crane Driver
John Hamblett    22 Son Single General Labourer
Richard Hamblett 20 Son Single Wire Rope Maker
Frederick Hamblett 18 Son Single Wire Rope Maker
Nellie Hamblett 15 Daughter Wire Wearer
Annie Hamblett 9 Daughter

RG13/3583 Folio 88 Page 19

Father Richard's death is registered in the Quarter to September 1891 in Warrington, so presume Ann was pregnant with "Little Annie" when her Daddy died  :'(

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