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Joseph Hurley enlisted on 4th August, 1914 and served in France, where he took part in the Battle of Festubert. Presumed killed 8th August, 1916, at Guillemont, on the Somme, Attended St Oswald’s Church, Coppull. Was the Scout Master to Chorley Boy Scouts.”Hurley 1 Hurley 2

His Service Number given as 147 in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall, it’s pre-1917 form. Naval and Military Books notes that he was born and Enlisted in Chorley.

The Register of Soldiers’ Effects presumes his date of death to be 8/87/1916. His widow, Mary, is named and it notes he has children.

His Service Record has his date of Attestation as 5/8/1914. Elsewhere he says he Enlisted on 4/4/1914. He was aged 24 years and 2 months at Attestation. He gave his address as 4 King Street, Coppull. His occupation was an Insurance Agent. Elsewhere he notes his family lived at 3 [Aldred?] Street, Chorley.

He was at home 5/8/1914 to 3/5/1915 and with the BEF in France 4/5/1915 to 8/8/1916.

He was appointed acting Lance Corporal 4/9/1915 when 1357 Lance Corporal Moore was wounded and promoted acting Corporal 2/9/1915 when 1469 Corporal Bleakledge [CMB/I/45a] was killed. Promoted Lance Sargeant [date unclear]. 15/1/1916 severely reprimanded being in cafe after hours not complying with an order. 22/5/1916 confirmed with rank of Sergeant. 28/6/1916 to hospital.

The Service Record confirms his date of death on 8/8/1916, noting that he died of wounds. Later correspondence regarding the marriage of Joseph Hurley places his wife and two children initially at 186 Water Street, Chorley, but the mail was redirected to 2 Back Lane, Limbrick, They were married in Sudburym Suffolk, 1/4/1912. Their children are named as Mary Donald Hurley 18/3/1914 and Joseph Garfield Hurley 4/7/1916. He would not have met his son.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 200063
Date of Death: 08/08/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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One Response to 200063 SJT. J. HURLEY. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. JR says:

    Fascinated to have found this information (and photograph!) on here – Joseph’s son (also called Joseph and mentioned above) was married to my Great Aunt Mona. They married in 1939 and he passed away in the summer of 1981.

    FYI Joseph (son) was born on 4/2/1916 not 4/7/1916 – must be a transcribing error.

    Additionally, Joseph the elder was married to Mary and his daughter was called May. I have no information about their lives.

    My Great Aunt Mona, Joe (son) wife, passed away on Friday morning (10/3/2017) hence me looking up their family details. She was 94.

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