DEWHURST, HENRY 19228 Private M.M. 9th Battalion 74th Brigade 25th Division

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born Euxton  Enlisted Chorley  Living Leyland

Died of Wounds  France / Flanders  23rd April 1918

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 4th May 1918

Word has been received that Pte Henry Dewhurst, Loyal North Lancs. Regiment, died on April 23rd, 1918 from wounds received in France on April 12th.

The deceased soldier was 40 years of age and prior to enlisting in January 1915 was employed at the Chorley Colliery. He leaves a widow and three children who live at 33 Todd Row, Leyland. Pte Dewhurst was wounded in the Dardanelles and Mesopotamia and was awarded the M.M. in January this year (his Military Medal was ‘Gazetted’ on April 2nd, 1918).

Henry Dewhurst’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Pte Dewhurst is buried in the:-

BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Plot IX Row A Grave 12. No next-of-kin information. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery is one of the town cemeteries and stands on high ground on the eastern side of Boulogne, on the road to St. Omer.

Leyland St. Ambrose Marriage Register

Married  February 15th, 1908: Henry Dewhurst to Isabella Blundell both of Leyland.

Electoral Register – Leyland St. Ambrose Ward Division I 1918.

Dewhurst, Henry  33 Golden Hill Lane  Naval / Military Vote.

Note 1:- Todd Row appears to be numbered as part of Golden Hill Lane in 1918.

Note 2:- Henry Dewhurst received the wounds from which he died during the German Offensive in Flanders, 9th to 29th April 1918. The 25th Division was in five of the eight battles in this period.

Dewhurst, Henry. WE Waring 2003