Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant John Dampier Hallifax, 2nd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action near Festubert on the Western Front.
He was commissioned on the 14th of August, 1914, following his late father into the Yorkshire Regiment, of which he held the rank of Captain. Lieutenant Hallifax joined his battalion in France on the 17th of April, 1915, thirty days before his death.
A comrade wrote of him, “He had an unusually charming personality, and was exceedingly accomplished. His death was a great grief to his brother officers and to his men. The young heroes of this war are many, and not one went to the front with more joyousness and enthusiasm than Jack Hallifax”. He is buried in the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy,
John, from Croydon, was 20 years old.