Irvine Hinchliffe (c.1896-1917)

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.
Irvine Hinchliffe

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

HINCHLIFFE, IRVINE. Private. No CH/1481(S). Royal Marine Light Infantry, 1st Royal Marine Battalion Royal Naval Division. Son of Joe and Annie Hinchliffe, Greenfield Road, Holmfirth. Employed as a shop assistant at the Holmfirth branch of Messrs Wallaces Limited. Enlisted February 1916. Went over to France in September, 1916. Killed in action at Beaumont Hamel, 16.2.1917, aged 20 years. Buried ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 7, Row C, Grave 19.
The Rev. J. F. Beamish, of Upperthong, made enquiries and received a letter from the Rev. W. Whitehead, Chaplain to the forces, who wrote, 'I have seen the Sergeant of his company and I am informed that as he was going to the trenches on the night of February 14th the path was shelled and he was hit on the head by a piece of explosive shell. He was taken to the dressing station where he passed away. His comrades thought at the time that he was killed outright so I think his mother may rest assured that though he lingered several hours he was unconscious and could not feel any pain or suffering. He has been buried in the soldier's cemetery near the dressing station. The church service was said and his grave marked and on it there will be placed a wooden cross with his name and regiment so that when the war is over there should be no difficulty in finding the place.'
ROH:- Holmfirth War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission