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Hurley, H G

Le Touret  Memorial & Cemetery

Le Touret Memorial & Cemetery, Pas de Calais

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 8 December 1914

Commemorated on St Paul's School Memorial, Jersey
Commemorated on St Paul's Church Memorial, Jersey

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 24 November 1914

Another Jersey Soldier Missing. We regret to state that information has been received in the Island that Private H G Hurley of the 1st Dorsetshire Regiment has been missing since 13 October. Herbie, as he was popularly known, was an Old St Simons Scout and has been in the fighting since the beginning of August. The term "missing" of course does not necessarily mean that he has been killed and his many friends in the Island hope that more favourable news will shortly be received.



Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

Herbert George Hurley

Private Herbert George Hurley
1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment

1914 Star

Born at and resident of St Helier, Jersey. Youngest son of the late William & Mrs Hurley of 4 York Street, St Helier, Jersey.

Killed in action, aged 19 years

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 7 December 1914

Roll of Honour. We regret to state that official intimation has been received that Private H G Hurley of the 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment was killed in action on 13 October. The popular Jersey lad was reported missing on that date and hopes have all along been
entertained that more favourable news would be received, unfortunately such is not the case. Herbie, as he was known to his many friends, had been in the Jersey Regiment close on 3 years and was a most promising soldier. He was one of the many St Simons Scouts who are now at the Front, but he is the first to lay down his life on the field of honour. His last letter home a few days before his death stated that he was in the best of health and advised his pals to hurry up and come out to the Front. To his mother and family we beg to offer our sincere condolences in their bereavement, though we feel sure their natural grief is lessened by the fact that he died a true hero's death.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 14 December 1914

Memorial Service for ex-Scout Hurley. A number of the 1st Jersey St Simons Troop of Boy Scouts attended evensong last evening at St Simons Church for the purpose of paying a last tribute to the memory of Private H G Hurley, who was killed in action with the Dorset Regiment and who was, until he enlisted, a Patrol Leader in the Troop. The Reverend A E Briggs was the preacher and at the close of the service the litany of the four last things was sung very impressively, then whilst the Dead March was played Troop Leaders C Le Sauvage and J Horman marched slowly up the aisle and "dropped" the Colours at the chancel steps. At the conclusion the Troop lined up in the roadway and the Last Post was sounded by Bugler Horman. It is interesting to note that the latter, who is one of the youngest lads serving in the RMIJ, is the youngest militia man who has volunteered for active service.