No.74046, Private, Henry Joseph HURST
138th Field Ambulance,Royal Army Medical Corps
Henry Joseph Hurst was born in Cowlinge (Risbridge Q3-1885 4A-595), baptised in Cowlinge on 23rd August 1885, son of John and Sarah HURST
1891 census...Aged 5, he was at Lambfair Green, Cowlinge with his father John HURST  farm labourer; his mother Sarah ; brothers Edward J  farm labourer born Lidgate; Andrew J., Herbert J. both farm labourers, Alfred  and Arthur [11 months]; sisters Marion  and Harriet . All except Edward were born in Cowlinge.
1901 census...Aged 15, a milk boy, he was at No 1 Field Terrace Road, Newmarket with his brother Edward HURST and his wife Lizzie  born Soham and their niece Harriet W Moden [10 months) born Soham
1911 census...Aged 25, a gardener, he was living at The Bothy, Sunnyside, Holmworth nr Dorking, Surrey, with two other gardeners Harry BUSH and Thomas TANCOCK.
He married Annie Florence COOK,(b. 21-2-1889) from Gravesend, in Ipplepen, Devon in 1913, later of 7 Nelson Road, Perry Street, Gravesend. They had two sons, William John (30-8-1914) and Henry Jack (5-1-1916)
He enlisted in Exeter in November 1915, when resident in Ipplepen, Devon.
138th Field Ambulance was attached to the 41st Division, which had just fought in the Battle of Messines (June 7 to 14). That day the RAMC had 8 men die, 2 from 138th Field Ambulance and 6 from 72nd Field Ambulance, all buried in Dickebusch. The circumstance are so far unknown, but it appears there was a gas attack on 138 F.A.
The Bury Free Press of 30th June 1917 recorded:-
ANOTHER COWLINGE MAN KILLED
From information just received it is learned that another Cowlinge lad has met his death in the war. Prvt.Henry Hurst, R.A.M.C. while discharging his duties as a stretcher bearer on the battlefield in France on Sunday June 16th, was killed by a bursting shell which laid low three out of the four who were carrying off the field a wounded comrade. Prvt.Hurst is the son of Ms Hurst, a widow living on Lambfair Green,and the greatest sympathy is felt for his mother and family. The unfortunate man leaves a widow and three children. Two of his brothers reside in Newmarket.
photo: Rodney Gibson
photo: Rodney Gibson
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