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Robert Henry Hesmondhalgh (Harry) was born near Preston in 1894, he lived with his parents Samuel & Maria and his nine brothers and sisters in Fulwood, where he became a hairdresser.

He enlisted at Preston in June 1915 and joined the 1st/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, leaving for France in December of that year. He was seen to be wounded in the field after action, but was declared missing after his body wasn’t found and for official purposes he is listed as killed in action on 9th September 1916. 100 years ago at the Somme.

His brother William Hesmondhalgh was killed the following year at Ypres, Belgium. Both were my Great Grandmother Elizabeth’s 1st cousins.

Rank: Private
Service No: 201557
Date of Death: 09/09/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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