Frank Hoyle (1924-1945)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Frank Hoyle was born in the Wooldale area, the son of joiner John Henry Hoyle and his wife Annie (née Morton).

He was educated at Wooldale Council School and Holme Valley Grammar School. He then found work at Queen's Square Mill and as a booking clerk at Brockholes Station.

He served in the West Yorkshire Regiment before qualifying as a parachutist in August 1943, after which he was posted to the 7th (Light Infantry) Parachute Battalion.[1]

It is believed that he saw action at Normandy (Operation Overlord) and in the Ardennes between late December 1944 to the end of January 1945.

He died on 18 April 1945 after being wounded by a landmine on 13 February.[2]

He was buried[3] at Hepworth Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 23 April 1945 and is commemorated on the memorials at Wooldale Methodist Free Church, Christ Church (New Mill) and Holme Valley Grammar School.


Huddersfield Examiner (28/Apr/1945):


Funeral of Wooldale Soldier

The funeral took place at Hepworth Methodist Church. Jackson Bridge, on Monday, of Private Frank Hoyle, Airborne Division, twenty-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Hoyle, of Wooldale, Thongsbridge, who died in a military hospital at Basingstoke on Wednesday of last week. Pte. Hoyle was badly wounded in Holland in March when he trod on a mine while out on patrol. He lost his right foot, and was brought to England for hospital treatment. Pte. Hoyle attended Wooldale Council School and the Holme Valley Grammar School, and was later employed by Messrs. Josiah France, Ltd., Queen’s Square Mills, Honley. Before joining the Forces he was employed by the L.M.S. Railway Co., Ltd., as booking clerk at Brockholes Station.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Private FRANK HOYLE
  • regiment: The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
  • died: 18 April 1945
  • record ID: 2401854


Notes and References

  2. British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945: reference WO 417/91.
  3. Burial plot: section E, grave 224.