William Hanson (1884-1915)

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William Hanson

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

HANSON, WILLIAM. Private. No 2861. 2/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Manor House Farm, Crosland Hill, 8.3.1884. Son of William and Eliza Hanson, Starling End Farm, Hanson Lane, Lockwood. Educated Crosland Moor Church of England School. Assisted his father on the family farm. Single. Enlisted 27.8.1914. He was with his Regiment at Thoresby Park when, on 1.6.1915, he was severely kicked by a mule. He was transferred to Becketts Park Hospital, where he underwent an operation and died on 9.6.1915, aged 31 years. Buried with full military honours at HOLY TRINITY CHURCHYARD, SOUTH CROSLAND. Grave location:- South of Church.
His parents received the following letter from Lieutenant Colonel R. R. Mellor, the Officer commanding the 2/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, 'I regret to inform you in reference to the wire received by you that your son No 2861 Private W. Hanson died at the Becketts Park Hospital, Leeds on Wednesday 9.6.1915 as the result of an accident sustained whilst in the execution of his duties. It appears that one of the mules broke loose and your son along with some other men of the transport section tried to catch it. He succeeded in catching it around the neck when the mule twisted round. This made him release his grip of the animal which then kicked him in the stomach. Private Hanson did not report to the Doctor till about noon on the following day when he was immediately removed to the Field Ambulance and from there to Becketts Park Hospital, Leeds, where he was unfortunately taken worse and died. Any communication with reference to his effects must be addressed to the War Office direct. I wish to convey to you and his relatives my deepest sympathy. He was a man respected by his comrades and I at all times found him ready and willing to do his duty as a good soldier in a pleasant manner.'
ROH:- Emmanuel Church, Lockwood; Mount Pleasant Chapel, Lockwood.

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