William Hirst was a joiner and photographer.
He is believed to have been born around 1856 in Almondbury, the son of weaver Mark Hirst and his wife Harriet.
By 1861, the Hirsts were living at Newsome. By 1871, they had moved to Lower Houses where Mark Hirst had become a cotton warehouseman and William Hirst (aged 15) was a machine joiner.
He married Elizabeth Ellis, daughter of innkeeper Friend Ellis of Pack Horse Yard, on 21 May 1881 at Huddersfield Parish Church by the Rev. William Le Neve Bower. At the time, the Hirsts were residing at Close Hill.
By 1891, William Hirst was working as a photographer and living with his wife on Pump Lane (now Barcroft Road), Close Hill. Although it seems the couple did not have any children, the 1901 Census listed orphan and grocer's assistant John Beaumont (aged 15) residing with them at 58 Pump Lane.
It is uncertain what happened to the couple next.