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Sam and Eliza Hallam, Quorn, 1900

Sam Hallam in this photograph was born in Leicester, but came to Quorn with his family when he was a young boy in the 1870s.

He met Eliza Oram from Loughborough, in the early 1890s when she was living in Quorn, keeping house for her widowed uncle. Sam and Eliza were married in the village on Christmas day in 1895.

The two children in the photograph are William Edward Hallam born 1898 (seated), and Alice Mabel Hallam, born 1897. The family lived at what is now 32 Wood Lane, which was one of the brand new cottages built by Wrights Elastic webbing factory, to house their workers.

Sam worked at Wrights factory for over 50 years. He was a popular character in the village and held positions in the Allotment Society, the Cricket Club and Quorn Mills Bowling Club. Eliza sadly committed suicide in 1934 and Sam died in 1959 at the grand age of 88.

William and Alice are both regarded with affection by those who can remember them. Neither married and each of their lives were affected in different ways by the events of WW1. William was traumatised by his experiences on the Somme and Alice’s boyfriend was killed in action. When William died in 1984, and Alice in 1989, they were still living in the same house

As there were no direct descendants of the family, it is amazing that this photograph has survived. It was kindly supplied by Graham Arnold, who lived next door to William and Alice for many years.

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 Submitted on: 2017-03-01
 Submitted by: Graham Arnold
 Artefact ID: 1975
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