ALFRED HINCHLIFFE

Private 982, York and Lancaster Regiment

Died 1st July 1916 aged 24

No Known Grave Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Son of William Henry and Mary Jane Hinchliffe

Lived 53, Lobley  Street, Heckmondwike


Alfred was born early in 1892 in Leeds where his father William Henry Hinchliffe was working as a Boot Riveter.  His mother, Mary Jane nee Pearson, was also born in Leeds and the family were living in Leeds in 1891.  They moved to Heckmondwike around 1895 and were living in Milton Square, High Street in 1901 and 1911.  In 1911 Alfred was working as an Apprentice  Baker in the Co-operative Society Café.  Shortly after this he went to work in Barnsley and enlisted in Barnsley in 1915.

Alfred was the second son of William Henry and Mary Jane.  He had an older brother and sister and  three more brothers and one sister who were born after Alfred.  Alfred’s younger brother Tom, born in 1894, was also killed in World War 1 in 1918 and both their names are in the Heckmondwike Memorial Book.

His brother Walter, born in 1896, also served in World War 1, but survived and is also in the Heckmondwike Memorial Book.

Alfred  enlisted in early April 1915 into the York and Lancaster Regiment.  He was sent to Egypt on 26th December 1915.  He was transferred to France in April 1916  and was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  He has no known grave but his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.  His name is also on both the main and small St. James’s War Memorials, as well as St Saviour’s War Memorial
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