James Haslam (1884–1968)

3rd Writer

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve M/23005 17th Battalion

Photo Courtesy Ruth Haslam

Photo of James Haslam

James was born in Matlock in 1884, and started working as a clerk on the railway before becoming a schoolmaster teaching at schools in Derby, Alfreton and Belper. He married Edith Cowlishaw in 1910. He engaged in the RNVR in September 1916, serving on HMS Vivid I, Defiance, Thunderer and Orion. He was with the grand fleet at Scapa Flow. In the Christmas of 1918 he received a postal order for four shillings and a postcard from the Crich Knitting Guild.

Postcard to James Haslam from Crich in WW1
Postcard to James Haslam from Crich in WW1

James Haslam's ships
HMS Vivid was the naval barracks at Devonport
HMS Defiance was a floating torpedo and submarine school near Plymouth.
HMS Thunderer
HMS Orion

HMS Thunderer

HMS Thunderer

HMS Orion

HMS Orion

James Haslam's brother George Haslam is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Plaistow Green, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Alfred Haslam Head 52 Farmer Crich
Emma Haslam wife 48   Crich
Alfred Haslam son 19 Coal wagon loader Crich
James Haslam son 16 Rly goods clerk Matlock
Annie Haslam daughter 13   Crich
Walter Haslam son 12   Crich
Ellen Haslam daughter 11   Crich
George Haslam son 5   Crich

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1911: Tor View, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Haslam head 26 Cert. Assistant master elementary school Matlock
Edith Annie Haslam wife 27   Crich

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1918 Crich voters
James Haslam, The Common; absent on military service

1939 Register: Dartford area
James Haslam b.6 May 1884; certificated teacher
Brian W Haslam b.1 August 1913; clerical sales assistant
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