Willie Hinchliffe (c.1888-1917)

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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, WILLIE. Gunner. No 152570. 'C' Battery, 223rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Born Holmfirth. Educated Hade Edge Council School and also attended Choppards Sunday School. Employed by Messrs J. Watkinson and Sons Limited, Washpit Mills. Lived Arrunden Wood Nook. Was a member of Cartworth Moor Cricket Club. Married in 1913. Enlisted 7.8.1916. Embarked for France on 24.4.1917. Was wounded in the back, 31.10.1917. Died of wounds at No 4 Casualty Clearing Station, 1.11.1917, aged 29 years. Buried DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 12, Row D, Grave 15.
A member of the hospital staff wrote to Gunner Hinchliffe's wife, 'I have regret in writing to confirm the death of No 152570 Gunner W. Hinchliffe of the R.F.A. in this hospital on the 1st inst. He was admitted on October 31st so badly wounded in the back that there was no chance of his recovery. Everything possible was done for him during the short time he was under our care but he gradually became weaker and passed away at 7am on 1.11.1917. He didn't appear to suffer at all and was conscious almost to the end. With sincerest sympathy - C.M. Roy.'
ROH:- Cartworth War Memorial.

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