HURST, Henry Joseph

No.74046, Private, Henry Joseph HURST
Aged 31

138th Field Ambulance,Royal Army Medical Corps
Killed in Action on Monday, 17th June 1917

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 (née FROST).

1891 census...Aged 5, he was at Lambfair Green, Cowlinge with his father John HURST [45] farm labourer; his mother Sarah [40]; brothers Edward J [18] farm labourer born Lidgate; Andrew J.[15], Herbert J.[12] both farm labourers, Alfred [8] and Arthur [11 months]; sisters Marion [11] and Harriet [3]. 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 [26] 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:-

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

Henry Hurst is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension grave 3:C:45

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