12-1334 Pte Ewart Archibald HASLAM 12th Sheffield City Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment
WOUNDED 1st July 1916
Ewart was born at Hillsborough, Sheffield c.1880. The 1901 census shows him living with parents William henry and Rose Ann at South Grove Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield. He has 2 brothers William and John. In 1911 the family have moved to 35 Filey Street. He was employed as a spring maker at E.B.HASLAM, Bath street, Sheffield. His service records show the family later at 71 Marlborough Road, Broomhill, Sheffield.
Ewart enlisted on 31st January 1915 at Sheffield aged 35. He was part of the second draft of the Sheffield City Pals and was allocated service number 12-1334. He was then posted to the 15th reserve battalion for a short time before rejoining the 12th and sailing with the battalion to Egypt. This is where the battalion remained until the 10th March 1916 when they were sent to the Western Front.
On the 1st July 1916 the 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment took part in the big offensive that we know went so horribly long for many of our troops. Ewart went over the top in the advance on the village of Serre. Extremely heavy casualties were taken, Ewart been wounded by Shrapnel to his left shoulder and bullet wounds to his left leg. He was able to make it back to his own lines and was evacuated to England where he was treated for his wounds at Aberdeen Military Hospital.
His wound must have rendered him unsuitable for front line service as he was transferred to the Labour Corps and saw service with the 480th and 528th Employment company with service number 339947. He was transferred to the reserves on 10th February 1919.
Ewart passed away in Sheffield on 12th November 1949 at his home, 2 Herries Road. He was buried at Crookes Cemetery on 21st November 1949.