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Basil Hallam (1889-1916), Actor and singer

Sitter in 3 portraits
Oxford educated actor and singer, Hallam scored an immediate hit when he created the character of a typical pre-war 'nut' and sang Gilbert The Filbert in the revue The Passing Show in 1914. The following year he became a Balloon Observer with the Kite Balloon Section of the Royal Flying Corps. Hallam was killed in action at the Somme in 1916 when, having insisted his fellow observers take the only available parachutes, he jumped from a balloon that had broken away from its moorings and begun to drift towards enemy lines.

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Basil Hallam; Gaby Deslys (Marie-Elise Gabrielle Caire) and Harry Pilcer in 'The Rajah's Ruby'

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1914
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Gaby Deslys (Marie-Elise Gabrielle Caire) and Basil Hallam in 'The Rajah's Ruby'

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1914
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Basil Hallam

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1915
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
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