Walter Thomas Hurl.

From a local newspaper dated 1/9/1916 - 'Killed by a shell. '  'News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hurl, of the Waites, St. Ives, that their son, Lance Corporal W. Hurl, of the Beds. Regt., has been killed at the front. It appears that the enemy shell burst in the trench, killing the deceased and his companions. '

Walter Thomas Hurl served in the 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment, no record can be found to say if he served in the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion, but, as a Lance Corporal was killed in action 30-7-1916 in France and Flanders. His father was landlord of the 'Bell P. H. in St. Ives. Living at the 'Bell' the Waites, St. Ives in 1891 census. Baptised All Saints Church St. Ives 30/12/1883. He was married at St. Mary's church, Ramsey St. Mary's in June 1908.

He was the brother of William Mapperely Hurl

Thanks to Mrs Wendy A Dighton - a relative for the photo of an unknown 'Hurl Son' - work is going on to try to establish his identity.
. Thanks to Mrs Wendy A Dighton - a relative for this photo of what is identified as Walter Thomas Hurl - his cap badge identifies his as being in the Army Pay Corp - work is going on to try to confirm his identity as official record seem to indicate that Walter Thomas did not serve in the Army Pay Corp.
From a local newspaer dated the 13/11/14 - Messrs Wal. Hurl, Sid Bird, and Arthur Saddington, of St. Ives, joined the Army at Bedford this week. Mr Arthur Ivor Collinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Collinson, of Bridge Street, is now in the ranks of the Brentwood [Essex] Territorials.
From a newspaper article, unknown source, dated 11/5/1915 = 'Five out of Six.' - 'Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hurl, The Waits, St. Ives, have five of their six sons serving with the colours, and the sixth - yet a youngster - is waiting patiently to follow in his brother's footsteps.  The five serving are:- Sergt. W. M. Hurl - Hunts Cycles ; Sergt W. S. Hurl - Duke of Bedford's Light Infantry ; Private Albert Hurl - pay Corp. ; Pte. H. C. Hurl - Hunts Cycles ; Bugler Ernest Hurl, Duke of Bedford's Light Infantry.

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith