Henry Hirst (c.1889-1918)

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, HENRY, MM MSM. Sergeant. No 307747. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Son of Mary Hannah Hirst, 158 Woodhead Road, Holmbridge. Attended Holmbridge Church and Sunday School, where he was a sidesman and a teacher. Played both cricket and football for the local teams. Employed as a weaver at Clarence Mills, Holmbridge. Enlisted August 1914. Embarked for France in April, 1915. Awarded the MM. Killed in action, 28.4.1918, aged 28 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated TYNE COT MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His cousin, Private Hirst Naylor wrote, 'It is hard for me to write these few lines. It is to tell you that Henry got killed and I did not want to be the first to break the news to you but I think it is my duty to let you know because we have been like brothers out here. I can tell you I shall miss him and only God knows how I feel it but we never know whose turn it is next. He has given his life fighting for the right and I can tell you he was one of the best N.C.O's in the battalion and everyone liked him. I was with him the night before he went into the line and he was as happy as ever.'
ROH:- Holme and Holmbridge War Memorial; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission