Harry Hirst (c.1888-1918)

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.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

HIRST, HARRY. Private. No 33513. 185th Company, Machine Gun Corps. Formerly No 4606 Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs Wright Hirst, Lane End, Holmfirth. Educated Hade Edge Council School. Attended Cartworth Moor Wesleyan Sunday School. Played cricket for the Cartworth Moor Cricket Club. Employed as a motor driver at the Victoria Mill, Lockwood. Had been in hospital with dysentery at Secundurabad, India, where his doctor was from Holmfirth, the ward orderly was a Lindley soldier and the nurse was from Oughtibridge. Died on board HM Hospital Ship Kalyon during the evening of Sunday, 28.4.1918. Buried PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY, MALTA. Grave location:- Plot C, Row 17, Grave 1.
His parents received the following letter from the Rev. Arthur Outram, Chaplain to the Forces, giving details of Harry's last hours, 'Your son Harry was brought on board with very little chance of getting through but still there was a chance that he might get home in time to see you all which he was very anxious to do. However this was not to be and in spite of all the doctors, Sister and Orderlies did he passed peacefully away on the evening of the 28th April. He was just as well off for comfort on board as on land and he did not suffer you will be glad to know. He simply was tired out and wearying to go. He sent his love to you all and asked me to tell you he was quite ready to go 'home'. He was buried with full military honours at Malta as we happened to call there.'
ROH:- Holmfirth War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission