William Mapperely Hurl.

William Mapperely Hurl  was born at the 'Bell' P. H., the Waites, St. Ives.  He was the son of Arthur & Emma Maria Hurl, the Waites [Broadway], St. Ives.  His father was landlord of the 'Bell' P. H. in St. Ives.  Other records show his father was described as a carpenter / publican who was living at the 'Bell' P. H.

Little is know of him in the H C B except that he was a Corporal in C company.

Local newspaper entries indicate that by 17th October 1914 Corporal William M. Hurl had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the time it was indicated that he was serving in C Company.  

Information taken from a local  newspaper dated the 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. '  - This was William Edward Hurl Killed during 1917, aged 29yrs old.   William Edward Hurl was the uncle of William Mapperely Hurl.  William Mapperely Hurl lived with his wife Lizzie, and they both died during the early sixties in the Peterborough area.  Thanks to Mrs. W. A. Dighton for providing this revised information.

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.

Thanks to Mrs Wendy A Dighton - a relative for some background information on William and H. C. 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.

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. . Martyn Smith