Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Claude William Hull, CWGC Beechwood

Information from the Ottawa Journal.

Lieut. Claude William Hull died 20 February 1919, age 38, at St. Luke's Hospital as a result of strain received while on active service. 
Lieut. Hull was a veteran of the Boer war, where he fought for a year and a half with a Shropshire regiment in which he had enlisted from his home in Hereford, England. 
After spending seven years on the east coast of Africa, he came to Canada, where he was employed in the Natural Resources Branch of the Department of the Interior at Ottawa.
When war was declared In 1914 he enlisted with the Canadian Field Artillery under Colonel (now General) Morrison, going over with the first contingent as a Private. 
He was awarded his commission for very dangerous observations he volunteered to do at Posleres. Of 17 men who went with him to establish a post, only four returned alive. 
At Ypres—the second battle—he was heavily gassed with the Canadians who held the line.
Lieut. Hull had no immediate relatives. He was to have been married about a month ago, but owing to his illness it could not take place. 

He was interred in Section 29, Lot 15 at Beechwood Cemetery.

His parent were Henry James Hull and Prudence Clarke. and siblings Emily Prudence, Lillian Gertrude, Alfred Henry, Percy Clarke (organist at Hereford Cathedral), Amy Gladys and Mabel Francis.

Probate was granted in England to his widowed mother.

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