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Hirst Courtney War Memorial



In Memory of Those who Fell in The Great War 1914 - 1918
James B Hague Yorks & Lancs. Killed 9th Oct 1917 James Brewitt Hague was the son of Henry and Charlotte of Hirst Courtney. He served as Pte 33114 and was KIA on 9 October 1917 aged 27 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
James was 25 years and 6 months old when he signed his Attenstation Papers. He stated he lived in Hirst Courtney and worked as a farm hand. He was 5' 4½" tall with a 34" fully expanded chest and a vaccination mark on his left arm. He weighed 122 lbs and had fair hair. On the 9 October 1917 he was reported as Missing in the Field. On one record from the Regimental Paymaster James was asked to give details of who should recieve his pay - he gave Charlotte Hague of Hirst Courtney, his mother. On May 30th 1918 a form was sent to Charlotte, along with property belonging to James - the form she was to sign and return. In connection with signatures, there is a letter from a J Stewart, local headmistress, who has signed all the paperwork from the Military and trust that this is acceptable as she knows the family very well, being no Magistrate or Minister who know them.
One of the forms completed by James gives his parents names and the names of his siblings - 4 brothers (3 of which were serving in The Rhine of Baghdad) and a sister
Samuel Precious Kings Royal Rifles. Died 4th Aug 1918 Samuel was the son of Mr W Precious of Hirst Courtney. He served as Rifleman A/203582 in the KRRC and died according to the CWGC on 25 August 1918 aged 28. This date differs from that on the War Memorial. He rests in Bagneux British Cemetery Gezaincourt.
Your Names Will Be Revered For Ever By Your Grateful Country And Gods Will, Take You Unto Himself.


The men that worked for England they have their graves at home and bees and birds of England above the cross can roam.

But they that fought for England, following a falling star. Alas, alas, for England they have their graves afar

extract from a poem by G K Chesterton


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