HURST, John Pte. 15862

John Hurst

John Hurst

John Hurst was killed in action at Delville Wood on the Somme on the 26th August 1916, whilst attached to the 8th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

John Hurst has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

He served in the Pals from the outset and played in the Battalion Band. He was slightly wounded at Serre on the 1st July 1916 and saw Sergeant Lang being killed.

John was born in Chorley on the 4th October 1893, the only son of Ann and Thomas Hurst (nee Hindle); he had a sister, Mildred. They were recorded on the 1901 Census as living at 136 Moor Road and by 1911 were at 14 Coventry Street in Chorley. Upon enlisting in 1914 he was living at 5 Coventry Street, working in textiles at Fosterfield Mill and attending St. Gregory’s Church in the town.