Herbert Edward was born in 1880 (Qtr December, District Shropshire, Vol 6a, page 675)
He was recorded in the census of 1881 living with his family at New Home Farm Bettisfield. Head of the household was William Hallmark 31, a farmer who employed two. His wife Emily was 30 and their listed children were May 10, William H 6, Sarah J 2 and Herbert E 6 months.
The 1891 census records the family at 7 Northwood Lane (Newhouse Farm). William was 42 and still a Farmer. Emily his wife was 41. Their listed children were William 16, an Engine Driver, Sarah Jane 12, Herbert 10, Beatrice 5 and Emily 3. There were three resident employees. Mary Speakes a General domestic servant aged 16, Joseph Griffiths 27 a Cowman and William Speakes 12 an ‘Under Waggoner’.
Herbert Edward Hallmark married Maria Powell in 1899 (Qtr September, District Whitchurch, County Shropshire Vol 6a page 1515). So far I have not located them on the 1901 census.
The census of 1911 records Herbert Hallmark living in Ellesmere aged 30. He was a Cowman on a farm. His wife of 11 years, Maria had given birth to 5 children but one had died. The listed children were Anne 12, Emma 7, May 5 and Francis 1.
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk Confirms the regimental details at the top of this page and adds that Herbert enlisted in Ellesmere, Shropshire. This source tells us he was ‘killed in action’. His medal card also on Ancestry lists his two medals.
Herbert was 36 when he died.
The Army Register of Effects in which they calculated the money entitlements for deceased soldiers, names the widow Maria as his sole legetee. She received £7..14s.. 3d
There is an index card for Herbert Edward Hallmark in the Flintshire Roll of Honour in The County Record Office in Hawarden. It gives the address as New House Farm Bettisfield. The card confirms all the military details at the top of this page and it adds that he ‘served for ‘nearly 2 years’. The card was completed and signed by the vicar F Barry Roberts on 27th October 1919.