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In his letter home after being captured as a prisoner of war, Jack Baker mentioned four other Wolverhampton soldiers who had died on the same day. One of these men was John Hurlston.

John Hurlston was born in about 1889, although I have not been able to find his birth record. On the 1901 census he appears at 139 Deans Road, in Heath Town, together with his parents John and Elizabeth, and a boarder, Mary A. Jones.

He enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 7759). He was killed in action in a trench at Ypres on 26 October 1914. By the time he died, his father’s address was given as 92 Grove Street, Heath Town. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, as well as on the Heath Park memorial.

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