John Hirst was born in Fulstone in about 1888, the youngest son of widower Eli Hirst. It is possible that John had a twin sister Lucy, the children shown on both the 1901 and 1911 census with the same age. By the 1911 census, father Eli had also died and John and his siblings are living together at Upper Nether House, Holmfirth. John is 23 and working as a labourer in an iron foundry. Before the war, John worked at Spring Lane Mills and enlisting initially in Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment the spring of 1916, he went into training at North Shields. He was posted to France after about three months later where he was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers. John was killed in action on 23 April 1917 at the age of 29 years. His body was not found and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. John Hirst was one of four soldiers commemorated at a special memorial service held at St John’s Church, Upperthong on 23 September 1917. The vicar, the Rev JF Beamish delivered a powerful panegyric to the fallen.

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    Born 1888

    Died 1917

    British Army 3/19621 Private West Riding Regiment

    British Army 41457 Private Northumberland Fusiliers