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13 Mar 1893
Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Thomas Hallam Allsop was born in Worksop on 13th March 1893, the son of Hannah Allsop and Henry Hallam. His mother, nee Oldbury, had previously married John William Allsop in Nottingham in 1883. They had 2 or 3 children before the husband was put as a patient, into the City Asylum, where he remained long term. Hannah, “took up” with Henry Hallam and lived as man and wife from around 1891. She produced 9 children all together, registering them all with their correct name of Allsop, but recorded her children and herself as Hallam in all other ways (census, for instance). It wasn’t until 1907 that Henry and Hannah married in Worksop. The Royal Navy notified Thomas' mother of his death; Hannah was living at 8 Forest Yard, Worksop.
He was a clipper in a coal mine before joining the Royal Navy in June 1912.
31 May 1916
2875442 - CWGC Website
Stoker 1st Class
HMS Queen Mary Royal Navy
Thomas joined the Royal Navy in June 1912 on a 12 year engagement (5 years RN, 7 years Royal Fleet Reserve) when he was 19 years old. He served in the following ships and shore establishments: Victory II 27 June 1912-29 July 1912 (Stoker 2nd Class); HMS Renown 21 July 1912-14 September 1912; Victory II 15 September 1912-26 November 1912; Minerva II 27 November 1912-15 August 1913 (Stoker 1st Class 28 June 1913); Victory II 16 August 1913-3 September 1913; HMS Queen Mary 4 September 1913-31 May 1916. Record annotated ‘NP 3925/1916 DD 31st May 1916. Killed in action.’ He was killed at the Battle of Jutland; his body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Stoker Hallam Allsop, Worksop Guardian, 9 June 1916 Among the men who went down on HMS Queen Mary was First Class Stoker Hallam Allsop, son of Mrs Hallam, 8 Forest’s Yard, Worksop, one of four brothers who wear the King's uniform. Stoker Allsop joined the Navy four years ago and was 23 last March. His brother, Albert William Allsop, age 24, is also in the Navy ___ on board HMS Speedwell and the brothers were at home together three years ago. His mother received a postcard from Tom a fortnight ago and this week she received ___ intimation of his death. The deceased ___ was well known in Worksop and ___ was a member of the of the Salvation army Band and Steele and Garland’s Band. He was a smart, steady lad and was very popular among his messmates. Two other sons are in ___ Army. viz. B.Q.M.S. Edward H Allsop R.G.A. and Lance-Corpl Harry Allsop, Machine Gun Co. Q.M.S. Allsop enlisted * years ago and has served six years in India. He is now in France. Lance-Corpl Allsop ___ had eight years service and is now back in France for the third time. He has seen much fighting and on one occasion was ___ wounded in the wrist. All four worked at Shireoaks Colliery before enlisting. Mr Henry Hallam is a Reservist and is now away on duty. Battle of Jutland. HMS Queen Mary (Captain CI Prowse) put to sea with the Battlecruiser Fleet (Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty in HMS Lion) to intercept a sortie by the German High Seas Fleet into the North Sea. ‘As the Queen Mary fought back under the concentrated fire of Sydlitz and Derfflinger, observers saw three shells of a salvo of four strike home on her at 4.26, followed quickly by two more shells from the next salvo. As a tremendous flame of dark red burst from her and a pillar of smoke rose high into the air, she was rent apart by a shattering concussion as her magazines exploded … Her back broken, the gallant Queen Mary threw her stern into the air, her propellers still slowly revolving … then as further underwater explosions shook her, she plunged to the bottom.’ (‘Jutland’, Captain Donald MacIntyre RN, 1957) There were only a few survivors from a ship’s company of nearly 1300 men. The wreck was discovered in the North Sea in 1991; she is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.
CWG additional information:- Son of Hannah Hallam, of 8, Forest Yard, Bridge St., Worksop, Notts. Stoker Wm Thompson Worksop Guardian 16 June 1916 'Official news was received this week by Mrs Popple of Devonshire Street, Worksop of her brother, Stoker Wm Thompson, having gone down with H.M.S Hampshire which was mined on June 5th, whilst conveying Lord Kitchener to Russia. Stoker Thompson, was a native of Carlton-in-Lindrick, his parents being the late Mr and Mrs Henry Thompson, and he enlisted in the Navy with the late stoker HALLAM ALLSOP, about four years ago. For nine years previously he had been living with his sister in Devonshire Street, and was over on leave for the last time during February. At the outbreak of the war Thompson was aboard the “Hampshire” in China. He was a great favourite with the crew, and he was the recipient of many marks of approval from his Captain on his all–round ability. Previous to joining the Navy he was employed for some time by Colonel Mellish at Hodsock, and he also worked at Shireoaks colliery, which he left on joining the Navy. He was 23 years of age and has a brother serving with the Forces in France. In his time, the deceased had seen varied service on the Victory, the Fairy, the Iron Duke, and the ill fated vessel on which he went down. He was a typical sailor.' (Photo included in original publication) ' Research by Colin Dannatt
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