Lance Corporal 46688 Harold Hingley

Killed in Action on Monday, 30th July 1917, age 20.
Commemorated on Panel 39 and 41 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

'D' Company of 17th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.). 117th Brigade of 39th Division.

Son of Mr and Mrs John Perry, of 3 House, 1 Court, Park Lane East, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1614258/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Tudor Street, Tipton, Staffs.
William Hingley (32, Ironworks Labourer, born unknown), his wife Alice (29, born unknown), and their 3 children: Phoebe M. (8, born Tipton), Harold (4, born Tipton), and Clara W. (2, born Tipton).

1911 Census
11 Peel Place, Tipton, Staffs.
John Thomas Perry (28, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Alice (38, born Tipton), his 4 step children: Phoebe Hingley (18, born Tipton), Harold Hingley (14, Coal Wharf Labourer, born Tipton), Clara Hingley (12, School, born Tipton), Gladys Hingley (8, School, born Tipton), and John and Alice's 2 children: Alice (5, School, born Tipton), and Gertrude (3, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

31st July 1917 was the first day of the 3rd Ypres campaign, commencing with the Battle of Pilkem Ridge. The 17th Foresters and the 16th Rifle Brigade were initially in support and passed through the 16th Foresters and 17th KRRC to continue the attack around St Julien. The Brigade (117th) took the 3 pill boxes at Regina Cross and another centre of resistance named Alberta.

'Soldiers Died in the Great War' shows that the 17th Foresters had 27 men killed on the 30th July, and 11 on the 31st July. If this is accurate, then it suggests that more men were wounded forming up than were killed during the battle; this may be the case, or it may be an error.

Harry is recorded as killed in action on 30th July 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald September 15th 1917
The death of Lance Corporal H. Hingley (Sherwood Foresters) is officially reported.