Hildred Hirst (c.1900-1918)

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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, HILDRED. Private. No 64097. 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Arthur and Mary Hirst, Eastwood Mount, Marsden. Employed in the weft department at Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Attended Marsden Wesleyan Church and Adult School. Enlisted February 1918. Embarked for France 15.8.1918. Reported missing, 17.9.1918, aged 18. Buried CHAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, HOLNON Grave location:- Plot 2, Row E, Grave 14.
On December 20th, 1918, his parents received their son's pocket book from a fellow soldier, who was in hospital in Leeds, with the news that Private Hirst was killed in action by a machine gun bullet at St. Quentin on 17.9.1918. Mr and Mrs Hirst went to see the wounded soldier in hospital and learned from him that the pocket book was found on the battlefield near to Private Hirst whose body was lying in a shellhole. His name and address were written inside and he had no doubt as to the identity of the deceased as he was a personal friend of his.
ROH:- Marsden War Memorial.

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