Irvin Earnshaw (c.1889-1917)

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:

EARNSHAW, IRVIN. Private. No 28609. 13th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Born Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs G. H. Earnshaw of Paris Road, Scholes, Thongsbridge. Educated Lane Bottom Board School, Wooldale and attended the Primitive Methodist Sunday School at Scholes. Prior to enlistment was employed at Messrs Farrar's dyeworks at Thirstin, Honley. Enlisted May 1916. Had been out in France about ten months when he was killed in action, 2.6.1917, aged 27 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated ARRAS MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His parents received the following letter from an Officer of their son's Regiment, 'He was in the Lewis gun team and was in the trench near the gun during a bombardment of our lines when he was struck by a piece of shell which burst over the trench and he died instantly. I know how much it must harm you to read this letter but I thought that you would prefer to know what I can tell you rather than be left in uncertainty. Earnshaw was a good soldier and most reliable and both myself and my comrades feel for you the very deepest sympathy. I hate to lose any of these lads for their pluck and cheerfulness in all dangers and discomforts is splendid beyond all words. Much as I feel the loss though, I know how much more it must be to you his parents and I can only pray that God in his mercy will comfort you for a life given in this service is a life used in the service of God and taken by him for his own purpose.'
ROH:- Hepworth and Scholes War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission