James William HOYLE

James William Hoyle


James was the eldest son of William Henry and Elizabeth Hoyle, they had 8 children (6 boys and 2 girls), Annie was the oldest and Fredrick the youngest.  William Henry was a Professor of Music and the census shows that the family moved around between Northamptonshire and Yorkshire, James was born in Titchmarsh.

On 13 May 1905 James married Mary Hannah and by the time of enlistment they had four children.  James was employed as a cashier/salesman in the mill industry and following his attestation in December 1915 he was mobilized on 8th October 1917.

He landed in France on 4th March 1918 and joined his unit 28th Battalion. London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles) on 13th March in Gouzeaucourt.

The battalion war diary records that they were forced to withdraw as the enemy launched their 1918 spring offensive and by March 26th they were at Bouzincourt amongst the old 1916 Somme battlefields.

James was killed in action on 5th April 1918, aged 37, when his Battalion were subjected to a heavy bombardment followed by an attack on their positions.

He is buried at HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL (II. F. 30).  His grave inscription reads “At Rest”.  The CWGC details for James are: Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Hoyle, of Queensbury, Bradford; husband of Mary Hannah Hoyle, of “Greenside,” Clayton, Bradford,

Fredrick Hoyle, the youngest brother of James, was to die of wounds on 20th April 1918.

Frederick Hoyle