Wallace Witheridge Hannaford

Wallace Witheridge Hannaford was born on 28 April 1887  in Modbury, the son of John and Martha Hanaford; his father was an agricultural labourer. He lived with his family in Brownston in 1891 and in Modbury in 1901 where he attended Modbury Infant School from 1895.  He joined the RN on 13 May 1901 aged just 14 but left in 1908 to become a tin miner in Cornwall.

He married Anne Harris Murt of St Ives in Penzance in 1910 and lived at Carn-drea, Cornwall before moving to Loddiswell.

He enlisted in the Army and was a bombadier in D Battalion, 82 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

The Royal Field Artillery, the most numerous arm of the artillery, the horse-drawn RFA was responsible for the medium calibre guns and howitzers deployed close to the front line and was reasonably mobile. It was organised into brigades.

He died on 4th July 1916 aged 28. He is buried at Carnoy Military Cemetery on the Somme battlefield.  The village of Carnoy which was an important hub with medical units and battalion HQs.  The roads were often filled with ammunition trucks supplying the 80 guns which were crowded into a kilometer of flat valley floor.  These guns and their crews were regularly targeted by the Germans, and the area quickly became known as Death Valley.

Born:24 Apr 18897
Where Born:Modbury
Address:Carn-dea, Cornwall, formerly of Whimpston, Brownston and Brownston St, Modbury
Marital Status:Married
OccupationTin Miner
Next of Kin:Son of John and Martha Hanaford; husband of Annie Hannaford
Service Number:42555
UnitD Battery, 82 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Died On:4th July 1916
Where Buried:Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme
RemarksModbury Infant School 1891-1894, Modbury School 1895-Previously served in the RN 1901-1908