Hilton Earnshaw (c.1887-1916)
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- EARNSHAW, HILTON, DCM. Sergeant. No 3/11416. 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Meltham. Son of Vandeleur and Sarah Hannah Earnshaw, of Lower Mill, Meltham. Was an employee of Messrs Quarmby and Sykes Limited of Meltham Mills. Was a member of the Meltham Mills Church choir. Enlisted September, 1914, and after ten months training went over to France in June, 1915. Awarded the DCM in April, 1916, for leading a party of the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, whose Officers had been wounded, up to a German trench which was captured and taking 20 prisoners. (Was the first Meltham man to be awarded the DCM). He was an instructor in a bombing school and on 31.8.1916 met his death through the explosion of a defective bomb. Buried St. AMAND BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row B, Grave 7.
- ROH:- St. Bartholomew's Church, Meltham.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Serjeant HILTON EARNSHAW
- regiment: Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
- died: Thursday, August 31, 1916
- age: 29 years
- record ID: 278051