Hurst William

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Treuddyn

Name / Enw: Hurst William

Regiment/Catrawd: 15th Batt. Cheshire Regiment (formerly RWF)

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Sergeant 60264 (formerly 37892)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Thiepval Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Pier and Face 3c and 4a

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal 1914-1920 and The Victory Medal 1914 -1919

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

20th August 1917. Fell in Action

Soldiers who Died in the Great War’ on tells us that William Hurst was born in Hollinwood , Lancashire. He was born in 1891. He died  in France/Flanders on 20th August 1917 aged 26. His Commonwealth War Grave certificate tells us that his parents were Frank and Agnes Hurst of Lower Farm, Treuddyn, Mold, Flintshire.

The 1901 census places the family at Rhyd y Ceinir Farm, Treuddyn where the father Frank 33, was employed as a gamekeeper. The mother, Agnes was 36 and both of them hailed from Oldham Lancashire originally. Their children were William 9, Mary 7, Albert 4, Harry 2. With them at that time was Alice Tetlow a sister in law to Frank and (her?) six children all of whom were from Oldham.

The next census of 1911 shows a change in Frank’s circumstances as by now he was a self employed farmer but still living at the same address.  William was employed on the family farm as was Mary who was a dairy maid.  Albert was 14 and a scholar but there is some mystery as to Harry’s whereabout as his name seems to have been added but then crossed out.

There is a card for William Hurst in the Flintshire Roll of Honour which gives his address as Lower Farm, his rank, regiment and number. It states he served for 1 year and 6 months and that he fell in action at Bony in France. The card was signed by Agnes Hurst.