Thomas Halmkan

Medals awarded

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Defence Medal 1939-45
  • War Medal 1939-45
  • India General Service Medal 1908-1935
    Clasp: Afghanistan NWF 1919
  • King George V Silver Jubilee Medal 1935
  • King George VI Coronation Medal 1937
  • Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Thomas Alfred Halmkan was born at Stoke Newington in September 1887.

He joined the regiment as a Private in November 1906 and served for more than 38 years.

Halkman was promoted to Lance Corporal in 1909 and Corporal in 1914. He became Company Sergeant Major in 1915 and served with the 1st Battalion in India during the First World War and in the 3rd Afghan War in 1919.

He was promoted Regimental Sergeant Major in 1921. Halkman received his commission as Lieutenant (Quarter Master) in February 1928, Captain (QM) in 1938 and Major (QM) in 1940.

He served overseas continually from 1908 to 1926.

In later years he was particularly well known for his work at the Depot in Richmond supervising the clothing and supplies of the thousands of men who passed through the Infantry Training Centre during the Second World War.  He died, aged 71, on 31 December 1959.