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Richard HOYLES

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Surname: HOYLES

Forename(s): Richard

Place of Birth: Hebden, Yorkshire

Service No: 34186

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 37th Division

Age: 37

Date of Death: 1917-10-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 77 to 79.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Richard Hoyles (born 24 January 1881) was the son of George and Alice Hoyles, née Birch and brother of L/Sergeant Ernest Hoyles (47870) (q.v.) and Corporal George Hoyles (266968) (q.v.). Their father was born at Hebden and mother at Grassington, Yorkshire.

1881 Hebden, Yorkshire Census: Richard Hoyles, aged 2 months, born Hebden, son of George and Alice Hoyles.

1891 Hebden, Yorkshire Census: Chapel Lane - Richard Hoyles, aged 10 years, born Hebden, son of George and Alice Hoyles.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 1, Byron Street - Richard Hoyles, aged 20 years, born Hebden, Yorkshire, son of George and Alice Hoyles.

Richard was married to Mary Alice Haithwaite in 1909.

1911 Colne, Lancashire Census: 14, Patten Street - Richard Hoyles, aged 30 years, born Hebden, Yorkshire, husband of Mary Alice Hoyles.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Richard Hoyles, 34186, East Lancashire Regiment.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HOYLES, Richard, aged 37, East Lancs., son of Mr. George Hoyles, 14, Montgomery Street, Skipton, killed in action Oct. 5, 1917.

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Private Richard HOYLES

Private Richard HOYLES

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 37th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 37th Division

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Surname: HOYLES

Forename(s): Richard

Born: Hebden, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Colne, Lancs

Number: 34186

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 8th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 05/10/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: HOYLES

Forename(s): Richard

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 34186

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 37

Awards:

Died Date: 05/10/1917

Additional Information: Husband of Mrs. M. Alice Hoyles, of 12, Dorset St., Skipton, Yorks.

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DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 - Part Four

HOYLES, RICHARD, Private, No. 34186, 8th (Service) Battn. The East Lancashire Regt., s. of George Hoyles, of 14, Montgomery Street, Skipton, by his wife Alice, dau. of Richard Birch, of Grassington, co. York; and brother to Corpl. George Hoyles and Sergt. Ernest Hoyles (q.v.); b. Hebden, co. York, 24 Jan. 1881; educ. Skipton; was a Weaver; enlisted in the East Lancashire Regt. 21 Aug. 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 12 Dec. following, and was killed in action 5 Oct. 1917. Buried where he fell. He m. at the Baptist Church, Skipton, 27 March, 1909, Mary Alice (10, Dorset Street, Skipton), dau. of James Haithwaite, of Clitheroe Street, Skipton, and had a son, Frederick, b. 21 June, 1916.

HISTORY OF THE EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 (Littlebury Bros. Ltd. 1936)

8th (Service) Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

1917
Late on the 4th October the battalion was ordered to take over the line on the left of the division from between Tower Hamlets and Gheluvelt on the night of the 5th/6th . . . the battalion was now very weak, not more than 250 men going into the line. The weather was at its worse, the mud quite indescribable, and movement was very difficult . . . Shelling was very heavy by night and the snipers were active on both sides throughout the tour.

[Richard Hoyles was killed in action on the 5th October.]

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Tyne Cot Memorial

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30 March 1917

ANOTHER SKIPTON HERO – CORPORAL GEORGE HOYLES

The Second Son Pays the Price

We have to record the death this week of another well-known Skipton soldier in the person of Corporal George Hoyles, whose wife and daughter live at 37, Duckett Street, Skipton. Mrs. Hoyles received a telegram from the Infantry Records Office, York, on Saturday, stating that her husband had been dangerously wounded in the head by a gun shot on the previous day, and this was followed by another telegram on Tuesday to the effect that he had died from the wounds in hospital on the day that he was admitted (Friday).

34 years of age, deceased was a gas stoker at the Skipton Urban Council’s Gasworks up to enlisting in the West Riding Regiment in November 1915, and had been in France nearly 12 months, during which time he had never had leave. He was previously wounded last July, and had been twice ‘buried’ by the bursting of shells. By his death, his father, Mr. George Hoyles, of Montgomery Street, Skipton, sustains his second bereavement owing to the war: another son, Sergeant Ernest Hoyles, having been killed about 9 months ago. Mr. Hoyles has a third son in the Army, Pte. Richard Hoyles, who is also in the trenches.

On Wednesday morning, Mrs. Hoyles received the following touching letter from the Rev. W.O. Edwards, Chaplain:– “I am so very sorry to have to tell you that your dear husband was brought to this Clearing Station late on Friday night. He was very badly wounded in the head, was quite unconscious and dying. He passed away before midnight and I laid him to rest this afternoon (Sunday) in the British Cemetery in this place. A cross will be erected over his grave in the course of a few days. My heart bleeds for all the poor mothers and wives who are losing their dear ones in this horrible war. God grant it may soon be over. I do pray God will comfort and bless you in your sorrow and sore distress and help you to bear your trouble bravely. Your husband has died a hero, but I know how difficult it is to gain comfort from that thought alone.”

09 November 1917

HOYLES – October 5th 1917, killed in action on the Western Front, Private Richard Hoyles, East Lancs. Regiment, son of Mr. George Hoyles, 14, Montgomery Street, Skipton, aged 37 years.

09 November 1917

THE LAST OF THREE SONS – PRIVATE RICHARD HOYLES, SKIPTON

By the death in action on October 5th of Private Richard Hoyles, East Lancashire Regiment, Mr. George Hoyles, of 14, Montgomery Street, Skipton, has suffered a third war bereavement: two other sons having fallen previously – Sergeant Ernest Hoyles, who was killed in June 1916, and Corporal George Hoyles, who died from wounds in March last. Mr. Hoyles also suffered an irreparable loss in the death of his wife last November, and much sympathy is felt for him in the district.

Pte. Hoyles, whose wife and child live in Dawson Street, Skipton, was 37 years of age, and prior to enlisting had lived for several years at Colne where he worked as a weaver. Formerly he played football with the Skipton Trinity Club, and both he and his brothers were well known in the district. The sad news was conveyed to his wife in a letter from one of his officers.

11 October 1918

HOYLES – In affectionate remembrance of my dear husband, Private Richard Hoyles, of the East Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action on October 5th, 1917, in France.

When nights are dark and friends are few
We long for you.

From his Wife and little Son, 10 Dorset Street, Skipton.

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09 November 1917

HOYLES – Killed in action, Oct. 5th, Pte. Richard Hoyles, of the East Lancashire Regiment, son of Mr. Geo. Hoyles, of 14, Montgomery Street, Skipton, and husband of Mrs. Hoyles, of 10, Dorset Street, Skipton, aged 37.

09 November 1917

THREE SKIPTON BROTHERS KILLED

Information has been received that Pte. Richard Hoyles, of the East Lancashire Regiment, son of Mr. George Hoyles, of 14, Montgomery Street, Skipton, and husband of Mrs. Hoyles, of 10, Dorset Street, Skipton, was killed in action on October 5th. Pte. Hoyles, who was 37 years of age, went out to France in December, 1916. He was formerly employed at Colne as a weaver, and prior to enlisting was a playing member of the Trinity Football team. Mr. Hoyles has lost two other sons in the war, Sergt. Ernest Hoyles, who was killed in action in June, 1916, and Corporal George Hoyles, who died as a result of wounds received in action in March this year. Mr. Hoyles also lost his wife in November of last year.

11 October 1918

In affectionate remembrance of my dear husband, Pte. Richard Hoyles, of the East Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action on Oct. 5th, 1917, in France.

When nights are dark and friends are few
We long for you.

– From his Wife and little Son. 10, Dorset Street, Skipton.

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