Hubert had been born in the Failsworth area, the younger son of Joseph Bennett Halliwell and Mary Halliwell (nee Valentine). The couple had married in 1888. Although a direct connection has not been established, it is almost certain that his older brother was Joseph Henry Halliwell who was killed in action on 1 July 1916, whilst serving with the 22nd Manchesters and is the J M Halliwell whose name is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial amongst those who served with the Manchesters. Hubert's newspaper obituary mentions that an older brother, Harry had been killed on 1 July 1916.
Before moving to 12 Grosvenor Road, Heaton Moor, Hubert and his family had lived in Woodley and, before that, in the Newton Heath area of Manchester. Locally, the family worshipped at St Paul's Church and Hubert had been educated at the Church's school. He then went to work for the Silver Pan Preserving Company - a local firm of jam makers with premises at Daw Bank, Stockport.
He enlisted in May 1915 and saw action at Gallipoli later that year. After some months in Egypt, the Battalion moved to France in July 1916 to take part in the Battle of the Somme. On 19 September, the Battalion started another tour of duty in the trenches near Mouquet Farm (not surprisingly known as Mucky Farm to the Tommies) in the heart of the battlefield. The unit's War Diary entry for the 21st records that, during the day, there was a heavy enemy bombardment of the trenches and two men were killed. Another 12 were wounded and Hubert is known to have been one of them. He had been hit by shrapnel in his right lung.
He will have received treatment from the Battalion's own medical officer just behind the front line and then been evacuated to a field hospital some miles away. In due course, he returned home but his condition never really improved and he died, as a direct result of the wounds, some 16 months later.
When the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information in the early 1920s, Mrs Halliwell had emigrated and was living at 1005 Warren Street, Saginaw, Michigan. Mr Halliwell is thought to have died in 1914.