Luther Hellawell (c.1883-1917)

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:

HELLAWELL, LUTHER. Private. No 14981. 2/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs Charles Hellawell of Gully, Holmfirth. Educated Holmfirth National Day School. Attended Underbank Wesleyan Sunday School. Employed by Messrs James Robinson and Sons of Smithy Place, Holmfirth. Married, with two children. Enlisted Christmas 1914. Embarked for France in July, 1915. Wounded in the left foot and right thigh in July, 1916. Returned to France at Whitsuntide, 1917.
On the 16.11.1917 his wife received a letter from him stating that, 'It is very cold out here now but I am in the best of health and hope this letter will find you the same.'
Eight days later he was wounded in the chest. He was removed to No 21 Casualty Clearing Station, where he died of his wounds on 21.11.1917, aged 34 years. Buried ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row D, Grave 25.
His wife received a message from the Matron of the C.C.S informing her that her husband had died, 'It is with much regret I have to tell you of the death of your husband on the 21st inst. in this hospital from wounds sustained in battle. He was brought to us badly wounded in the chest and in spite of all we could do for him he succumbed to his injuries. He passed away very peacefully without any pain in the end. He was laid to rest in the Military Cemetery near here.'
ROH:- Netherthong and Thongsbridge War Memorial; St. Bartholomew's Church, Meltham; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

Newspaper References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission