Ernest Albert Hoyle (1896-1918)

This page is part of a project by David Verguson to research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the Lindley area.


In 1901 and 1911, the Hoyles lived well away from Lindley village up in Outlane. Ernest's father, John Townsend Hoyle, 34 in 1911, was a "back warper" in a woollen mill. Ernest himself was a piecer, his sisters, Ethel and Marion, were still at school. Like Ernest, they probably attended Outlane Council School.

Although they recorded their places of birth as Huddersfield in 1911, a decade earlier they had said all but the youngest were born in Halifax. They also said they had lost no children in infancy.

Their home at 729 New Hey Road was spacious by the standards of most Lindley people: they had five rooms so that probably gave Ernest a bedroom to himself.

Outlane now seems a little far from Lindley; it may be that they came to the same conclusion, or needed to move into the village for work: the girls would have been seeking jobs in 1912/14. For whatever reason, by the time Ernest joined the forces, they were living in the centre of Lindley, at 64 Holly Bank Road, also a substantial house compared to many in the village. By then he was working at Smith and Calverley on Plover Road.

Ernest enlisted in the army on 16 February 1916, probably after putting his name forward under the Derby Scheme in early December 1915. Lots of local men did this and most were called into the army early in 1916. The 1/7th Battalion was formed in Milnsbridge in the early days of the war

John Hoyle, Ernest's father was relatively young and in mid-1918, at the age of forty-one enlisted in the army at Halifax. He gave his occupation as overlooker at Martin's, at Wellington Mills on Plover Road. John served as a motor transport driver in Army Service Corps and never left the country. He was demobilised in the spring of 1919.

Ernest was wounded at Cambrai and died on 18 November 1918, after the Armistice at the 7th General Hospital, Boulogne. The Terlincthun cemetery was established for burials from the base hospitals.

Killed so late in the War, Ernest, like his father, was included on the Absent Voters List. John Hoyle came home and could comfort his wife and daughters.

This was the second death in Holly Bank Road: Charles Beaumont at no. 33 had died a year earlier. Ernest is remembered in St. Stephen's church and at the Bethel United Methodist Church, Outlane.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

HOYLE, ERNEST ALBERT. Lance Sergeant. No 203711. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Intake Farm, Stainland, Halifax, 28.8.1896. Son of John T. and Clara Hoyle, 64 Holly Bank Road, Lindley. Educated Outlane Council School. Employed by Messrs Smith and Calverley of Lindley. Single. Enlisted 16.2.1916. Wounded at Cambrai. Died of wounds, 18.11.1918, at the 7th General Hospital, Boulogne, aged 22 years. Buried TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 11, Row B, Grave 34.
ROH:- St. Stephen's Church, Lindley; Bethel United Methodist Church, Outlane; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission