We will remember them.The brave men of East Stoke, Elston and Shelton


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,



The brave men of East Stoke, Elston and Shelton, who were killed in action during the "Great War" of 1914- 1918.

The stories, commentaries and histories contained in this little booklet are added to this website as they are an important colour in the picture which was the boyhood and youth of Trooper Joseph Hallam. The actions of these dead soldiers, whose death is commemorated in carved marble plaques placed high and visible on the church walls would have been familiar to Trooper Hallam, as a regular church-goer. He would have been familiar with their stories and some of their relatives, widows, mothers, girlfriends, siblings, left behind.

These  carved names would certainly be known to  Trooper Hallam, and would have helped develop his character, his philosophy, and, I dare say, kindled a sense of adventure and an urge to 'do-his-bit' for King and country.

We are fortunate and grateful to the original research and compiltation of this history by Mr. Richard Hallam, the ex-soldier youngest son of Trooper Hallam. Without this work, the deeds and stories of these brave men would be lost so quickly in the mists of time.


How to use this book.

1. The first page (this page) contains links to all the pages in the book. By clicking on any title you will be taken to that page in the book. If you cannot see them--- scroll down to the bottom of the page!

2. On a book page, the bottom right handside link is the next page in the book, just as if you are turning over a page. The left handside link takes you to the previous page in the book.

3. "up" takes you back to the first page of the book.