Huffam, Victor

Male 1890 - 1982  (92 years)

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  • Name Huffam, Victor 
    Born 18 May 1890  Stockport Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jul 1982 
    • On 1891 census living with Parents

      on 1901 census at school in hessle

      8 april 1909 sailed Liverpool to Albany West Australia on the Persic

      cannot find in 1911 census

      in 1914 joined 16th Battalion Royal Fusiliers as private In june 1915. In 1916 was 2nd lt. 3rd batt. Norfolk regmt Wounded in Dec 1916 when attached to MGC (Tanks)

      Listed as officer in the RAF 1912 - 1920

      Sydney Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Durban, Cape Town, Engineer

      27 July 1928 sailed London to Marseilles on the Narkunda

      14 Aug 1929 Arrived London Aboard "Port Auckland" from Wellington New Zealand, address 10 Meadway Court London NW11

      17 August 1929 sailed London to Toulon on the Orsova

      18 July 1930 sailed London to Toulon on the Otranto

      30 July 1930 Arrived London aboard " Orvieto" from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Colombo, Port Said, Toulon, Naples, Gibraltar, Fremantle, Plymouth

      16 Dec 1934 sailed Southampton to New York on the Europa

      4 Jan 1935 Arrived Plymouth aboard "Ile De France" from New York, Address Temple Fortune Works

      10 August 1935 sailed Dover to Madeira on the Cottica

      3 August 1937 sailed London to Marseilles on the Dempo

      Arrived Southampton aboard " Jan Pieterszoon Coen" from Jakarta, Singapore, Port Said, Genoa and Villefranche on 14 Aug 1937 address Ringwood

      on 1939 register small tool specialist of Pricket Folly Rngwood

      Arrived Southampton aboard "Queen Elizabeth" fro New York on 3 may 1949

      Arrived Liverpool aboard "Empress of Scotland" from Quebec on 16 June 1950

      5 Jan 1951 Sailed London to Sydney on the Orcades

      9 April 1951 Arrived London aboard "Strathaird" from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Colombo, Bombay, Aden, Port Said and Marseille

      21 Jan 1952 sailed Southampton Madiera on the venus

      8 feb 1952 Arrived southampton on the Venus from Madeira, Las Palmas and Tenerife

      Arrived London aboard " Strathaird" from Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Adelaide, Colombo, Bombay, Aden, Port Said and Marseilles on 19 Mar 1954

      1 dec 1953 sailed London to Freemantle on the Strathenden

      Arrived Southampton aboard " Ryndam" from New York on 4 Mar 1956

      5 Jan 1957 sailed Southampton to Sydney on the Dominion Monarch

      Arrived Southampton aboard " Dominion Monarch" from Wellington Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Cape Town and Las Palmas on 25 Apr 1957

      8 February 1958 sailed on the Jagersfontein to Durban

      Arrived Southampton aboard " Jagersfontein" from Durban Port Elizabeth Cape Town on 6 Apr 1958 Dormers Priory Drive Stanmore

      11 Dec 1959 sailed Southampton to Durban on the Randfonten

      Arrived Southampton aboard " Oranjefontein" from Cape Town, East London and Durban on 6 Mar 1960

      Does tthe following refer to this Victor?

      King's College London
      Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

      Went to Australia Albany King George Sound)
      in 1909 with brother Gordon

      Possibly the Victor Huffam in the 1926 1944 London Telephone directory of 47 Meadway Court NW11and 1936, 1938 1944 as A M I Mech E Temple Fortune Works, Temple Fortune NW11

      Possibly also the V Huffam in the 1938, 1939 Telephone directory of Forest Corner Cottage Ringwood?
      Prior to the assault, Lieutenant Victor Huffam and the crew of tank D9 were loading their machine with ammunition and stores when they received a surprise visitor.

      He entered the tank through one of its narrow hatches and, having banged his head, "let fly some real oaths".

      Huffam turned to see who it was and was "... a little taken aback to see the Prince of Wales. He sat on the engine platform whilst we loaded – he only visited D9 and we felt one up on our comrades!"


      Papers relating to the first tank action, Battle of the Somme, 15 Sep 1916, including group photograph of the officers of D Company, Heavy Section, Machine Gun Corps [Aug 1916], with typescript note from Lt Victor Huffam, naming most of the officers pictured, Sep 1957; typescript extracts from a notebook of Capt (Arthur) Graham Woods, Adjutant of D Company, Heavy Section, Machine Gun Corps, 30 Aug-15 Sep 1916, including names of tank commanders and crew members and casualties sustained on 15-16 Sep 1916; article by John Edward Curtis Prebble entitled 'The birth of the tank' from Lilliput, Jul 1957; correspondence with Prebble on the above article, Jul-Sep 1957; correspondence with veterans of the Heavy Section, Machine Gun Corps, including Lt Col (Arthur) Graham Woods, Maj Harold Darby, Maj L Victor Smith, Lt Arthur H Blowers, Sgt A E Blackmore, Cpl A B Simpson, L Cpl H Sanders, Pte A H R Reiffer, May 1957-Nov 1958; typescript narrative by Lt Victor Huffam, D Company, Heavy Section, Machine Gun Corps, commander of tank D9, Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 16 Sep 1916, entitled 'Flers' [1957]; article by Douglas Gordon Browne entitled 'Never before. The day the first tanks went in' from Everybody's magazine, 15 Nov 1958; article in French by Lt A E Arnold, D Company, Tank Corps, entitled 'Le premier engagement de tank' from Bulletin Cavalerie, Jul 1963; correspondence with J Wilfrid Staddon and Staddon and Lt Stuart H Hastie, a veteran of D Company, Heavy Section, Machine Gun Corps, and the commander of tank D17 'Dinna ken' during the 15 Sep 1916 action in Flers, Oct-Nov 1963. 1 file, 1 photograph.

      I have never heard of Minty Greene. Vic and his wife Vi used to visit us occasionally when they took a cruise out here, and checking St. Cath's index I find he married a Violet M. Verrall in 1945. He retired to South Africa so probably died there.
      He had mentioned being in tanks during WW1 but didn't say any more. Your records have given me further information. - Dorrit Foster

      Context : quick reference
      J Records of the Supreme Court of Judicature and related courts
      Division within J Records of the Family Division and predecessors
      J 77 Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, later Supreme Court of Judicature: Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files
      Subseries within J 77
      J 77/1899

      Record Summary
      Scope and content Divorce Court File: 9375. Appellant: Victor Huffam. Respondent: Dorothy Huffam. Co-respondent: Alfred Carmichael. Type: Husband's petition for divorce [hd].
      Covering dates 1922
      Availability Open Document, Open Description, Normal Closure before FOI Act: 30 years
      Held by The National Archives, Kew

      Both Basil Henriques and Lieutenant Vic Huffam, who was in action the following day with D9, reported that enemy machine-gun bullets came through the armour and killed or wounded members of the crew

      Victor Huffam provided a voice over in the Peter Jackson film "They shall not grow old" broadcast on BBC2 11th November 2018

      Left £1891 in England
    Person ID I969  Hougham
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2010 

    Father Huffam, William Stanley
              b. 24 Oct 1857, Lambeth Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Oct 1938, Norwich Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Welch, Georgina
              b. 9 May 1857, Nantwich Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Jun 1950, The Castleton Nursing Home Banstead Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 23 Oct 1880  Prestwich Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F433  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Living 
    +1. Huffam, Michael John
              b. 28 Jul 1919, Norwich Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Jul 1991, Haverfordwest Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Family ID F449  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Verrall, Violet Mabel
              b. 18 May 1903
              d. 21 Jul 1982  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1945  Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F450  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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