John Thomas Hulmston was born circa 1889, the son of William & Charlotte Hulmston, and he was Baptised at All Saint’s Church Gresford on the 30th June 1889, his parents had married in the December quarter of 1888 at Prestwich, which is in Lancashire. (Prestwich Vol 8d, Page 441).
John Thomas first appears on the 1891 census living with his parents at Lavistor, Allington, Denbighshire, his father William, 31, an Insurance Agent had been born in Dodleston, Cheshire. His mother Charlotte, 23 had been born in Gresford, Denbighshire. John Thomas was just 1 year old, born in Gresford.
The 1901 census shows the family had moved to the Old Road, Gresford, Denbighshire and William, now 40 was a Carpenter, Charlotte was now 32. John , age 11 had 2 new siblings, sister Ethel, 3 and William, age 6 months, both born in Gresford.
By 1911, the family was once again at a new address, 4, Montrose Terr., Gresford, Denbighshire.
William, 50, still a Carpenter and I think at the Colliery as he had Collier by his occupation, and Charlotte, 43 tell us that they had been married for 22 years and 8 children had been born to them, sadly 3 had died. John Thomas Hulmston, 21 was a Pit Banksman, Ethel, 13 was at School, as was William, 10 and Henry, 7. Baby of the family was Ernest age 4.
I found the baptisms of 5 of their children and amongst them were Martha Ann, baptised 30th April 1893 and Charlotte, baptised 8th September 1895. I then found possible death certificates for these two children Martha Ann in 1896 and Charlotte in 1895.
John Hulmston in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 tells us that his birth place was Gresford and he enlisted in Wrexham, this also confirms his Regimental information.
John Hulmston in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that he was awarded the Victory & British War Medals and the 15 Star. This source also tells us that his first Theatre of War was France and hi entered it on the 19th December 1915 and he must have been missing as his death was accepted on or since the 3rd September 1916.
John Hulmston in the British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 tells us that his residence was 4 Montrose Terrace, Gresford and I have extracted a few of his papers. His description -height – 5 feet 9 and ½ inches, Chest Measurement – 34 and ½ inches, range of expansion – 2 and ½ inches and Weight – 123 and ½ lbs. He suffered Measles and was in the field hospital from the 26th April to 7th May 1916. And on the 1st September 1915 at Litherland he was absent from Reveille until reporting himself at 6pm same date (12 hours 15 minutes) – Punishment 1 day C.B.
John Thomas is also remembered on the North Wales Memorial Arch (Panels) at Bangor, where his initials are J.T. Hulmston, whereas on the Roll of Honour in the Porch of All Saint’s Church, Gresford he is remembered as John Hulmston.
I believe that John Thomas’s ’s father William died age 62 in the June Quarter of 1922.(Wrexham
Denbighshire, Volume: 11b Page: 315)
Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams