Roy Edgar Haslam (1897–1971)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 16900 5th Battalion
Essex Regiment 49548 9th Battalion

Crich Town F.C. 1921-22 photo, courtesy Eric Hartshorne

Roy Edgar Haslam

Simon Johnson, with thanks to Roy Haslam
Roy Edgar Haslam was born at Crich on 17 December 1897. He was the youngest of the three sons born to Arthur Haslam and Mary Elizabeth Holmes. Roy was raised at Crich, where he became a notable local footballer. Prior to his military service during the war, he had been employed as a coal miner.

Roy's army service records have survived. He was attested for service in the army at Derby on 26 April 1918, and was shortly thereafter posted to the 5th (Reserve) Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) at Saltfleet, Lincolnshire, with the rank of Private. Roy was transferred to the Essex Regiment, and was posted to the 9th Battalion, on 24 August 1918, and saw active service in France. He was transferred from Dunkirk to England for demobilisation on 31 December 1918. Roy was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.

After his discharge from the army, Roy moved to live at Wirksworth and married Lily Bowyer in 1920. They had two children: a girl and a boy. Whilst at Wirksworth, Roy worked in the local quarries, though also worked at Rolls-Royce Ltd at Derby during the Second World War. Following his wife's death in 1942, Roy married Gladys Muriel Bird in 1947, with whom he had a son. The family moved to live at Derby during the 1950s, where Roy worked at the Qualcast foundry, manufacturing lawnmowers, until his retirement.

Roy Edgar Haslam passed away at Derby on 20 March 1971, aged seventy-three years.

Roy's brother Harold Arthur Haslam is also included on the Roll of Honour, as are their cousins Wilfred Haslam, John (Jack) Haslam, George Haslam, and James Edgar Holmes. Roy's stepfather Henry (Harry) Cauldwell is also included on the Roll, and was the first man from the parish of Crich to be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal during the First World War.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

Army Service Record
He enlisted at Derby on 26/04/18 aged aged 20 years 4 months, address The Croft, Crich. His height was 5ft 5in and next-of-kin his mother, Mary Elizabeth Cauldwell of Cliff View, Crich. Awarded the British War and Victory Medal . Posted to 5th Bn Sherwood Foresters for record purpose.
Embarked to K Base Depot Calais.
24/08/18 Transferred to Essex Regiment, posted to 9th Bn with new Regimental Number
29/08/18 With Essex Regt.
31/12/18 Transferred to England from Dunkirk for demob.

In the early 1920s he played football for Crich Town.

Crich Tpwn Football Team 1921

Back Row: J. Bowmer; H. Cauldwell; J.H. Dawes; R.S. Merriman; H. Blount; A. Coleman (Trainer
Middle Row: R.C. Newman; J. Riley; W. Smith; H. Barber; H. Cooper; A. Brown; E. Bowmer (Captain); G.E. Whittaker (President)
Front Row: D.P. Hawkes (Secretary); C.E. Booth; M. Coleman; A. Bowmer; R.E.Haslam; A.I, Shaw; P.P. Taylor (Chairman)

Roy Haslam's brother Harold Haslam is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: The Hilts, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Mary E Haslam Head (wdw) 30 Charwoman Crich
Murice Haslam son 7   Crich
Harold Haslam son 5   Crich
Roy Haslam son 3   Crich

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1911: Market Place, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Mary Elizabeth Haslam Head (wdw) 40   Crich
Samuel Maurice Haslam son 18 Coal miner Crich
Harold Arthur Haslam son 16 Cotton factory hand Crich
Roy Edgar Haslam son 13 Coal miner hewer Crich

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1918 Crich voters
Roy Haslam, Near Church; absent on military service.

1939 Register: West End, Wirksworth
Roy Edgar Haslam b.17 December 1898; Limestone quarry loader
Lily Haslam b.13 November 1900; hosiery machinist
Joan M Bateman (Jarret, Haslam) b.7 January 1921; limestone quarry typist and clerk
Harry Haslam b.24 February 1922; apprentice miller aero engineers