5 Nov 1768 - 12 Oct 1839
Date added: 19 Mar 2019
In the church in Broadwindsor, Dorset there is a large marble monument (near the northwest arches of the nave, against the clerestory wall. It is erected to the memory of Edmund Hallson who died October 12, 1839 aged 71 years. It describes Edmund as "late Armourer Sergeant to the 1st Order Kings Dragoon Guards. June 18 Waterloo 1815.
Edmund was born in Broadwindsor, served from 1804 to 1826 and was discharged aged 57. Edmund's War Office records (WO 97/59/1) indicate his soldier's service documents within theRoyal Hospital Chelsea as cavalry of the line.
Also in Broadwindsor church is a painted wooden plaque which reads:
Remember the Poor
The Gift of Edmund Hallson
Late of Bridport but originally of Broadwindsor
Bequeathed by his will dated 23 February 1839 to the Vicar and Churchwardens of the said parish and their successors for the time being forever all his personal property amounting to £1080 which he directed should be invested in the Funds in the hands of the said vicar and churchwardens and that the interest thereof should be applied and paid as follows viz £15 on the 10th day of January and £15 on the 10th day of July in every year to a Schoolmaster professing the religion of the established Church of England to educate male children of the said parish (and no other) and the remainder thereof be directed should be paid applied and divided amongst such poor families of the said parish who profess and follow the doctrine of the established church as do not receive parochial relief.
By 1994 the income from the Hallson Educational Foundation was relatively low. The Charity Commissioners agreed to the trust being wound up and the remaining capital (of over £300) was sent to Broadwindsor school.
Edmund Hallson (also known as Edmond Halson), veteran of the Battle of Waterloo, made a very generous bequest to Broadwindsor which lasted for 155 years.