Lance Corporal William Henry Hagues East Yorkshire Regiment

Written by Karen Day
First Published


Like Albert Waddingham, William Henry Hagues was brought to our attention by Estelle Mumby whilst she was researching for Winterton Town Council. It was suspected that William was also Burton Stather born and after some research we applied for his birth certificate as final proof and it was confirmed that he was indeed one of our boys.

Born in Burton Stather to Isabella Ann Hagues (formerly Harvey) and John Thomas Hagues, the 1891 Census finds the family living at No. 5 New Row. William had older siblings Louisa Ellen (5) Thomas R (4) and Annie Elizabeth (2) and with the 1891 Census being conducted on the 5th of April, William was very shortly to put in his appearance on May 9th 1891.

Both John and Isabella lived with her parents Richard and Hannah Harvey at East Halton before marrying and moving to Burton Stather from East Halton sometime between 1881 and 1885 when their oldest child Louisa was born at Burton Stather. Isabella's parents had also moved to Burton Stather and lived only a few doors away in No. 2 New Row, Stather.

William's father was recorded as a Tile Maker in 1881, a Brick & Tile Maker in 1891 and the 1901 Census recorded him as a Brick Burner. It was with this work that, like many families, they moved on from Burton Stather, via East Halton where Hannah May, just a year younger than William, was born and joined two years later by John Reginald. By approximately 1896 the family were in East Hull wher further siblings Isabella Ann, George Albert, Marriam (?), Harold and Ivy were born, all appearing on the 1911 Census there. Also by then father John's occupation had changed to Brickyard Foreman his son William working as a Brick Factory Labourer.

The East Yorkshire Regiment WW1
1st Battalion

Summary - August 1914: in York. Part of 18th Brigade, 6th Division. Moved on 8th August to Edinburgh then six days later to Cambridge. Landed at St Nazaire on 10th September 1914. 26th November 1915: transferred to 64th Brigade, 21st Division.

William Henry Hagues signed up in Hull as a Private with the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, or the Pip, Squeak and Wilfred as they became known. The exact date of him joining is not clear although his qualifying date according to the Medal Roll is 13/7/1915 so we know that he must have signed up at or approx by this time.

Men in a muddy trench at Cambrin.
© IWM (Q 8458)

Losing his life on 25th February 1917, aged 25 and by then a Lance Corporal, William was laid to rest in Cambrin Military Cemetery, Grave Ref. H. 11. On the previous day, the 24th February, C, B, D and A Company commenced relief of the 9th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry ( K.O.Y.L.I ). The conditions of the trenches at Cambrin were impassable and the men had to go over the top.

We are not suggesting that the following is how William met his death only that the following is a War Diary extract for the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment from the day he was killed.

Cambrin Trench - 25th Relief completed without incident at about 2pm. Enemy endeavoured to raid C Coys front at about 5am but was noticed assembling in no mans land and fired on and dispersed, two Germans only entering our trenches. One was killed after a hand to hand struggle by 2nd Lieut. Case, the other escaped although heavily fired on. Casualties 3 killed one wounded by TM. Congratulatory message received from G.O.C 64th for action taken in preventing the raid.

Major EF Pipe MC, Senior Major and signed off by Lieutenant Colonel RH Waithman,
1st Bn. East Yorks. Company Commander

Another Addition to BSHG's War Memorial Project

Again, just like Albert, we were unable to find William on any other local war memorial. During the June 2014 meeting BSHG voted unanimously and are proud to add William Henry Hagues to our war memorial project alongside Albert Waddingham and those from our parish already listed.

Record Details for William Henry Hagues

First Names:William Henry
Initials:W. H.
Birthplace:Burton Stather
Death Date:
Family Info:Son of Mr. J. T. and Mrs. I. A. Hagues, of Church Lane, Marfleet, Hull.
Rank:Lance Corporal
Service Number:11799
Service:British Army
Regiment:East Yorkshire Regiment
Battalion:1st Battalion
Grave:Cambrin Military Cemetery, Grave Ref. H. 11. Map
Place of Death:Cambrin, France


Use the interactive map to view the location of William Henry Hagues' Grave. You can view all the graves, memorials and benches by downloading our KML file which can be viewed in Google Earth and other mapping software.


  1. UK Census
  2. 1st Battalion East Yorks. Reg. War Diaries at the National Archives
  3. Medal Roll Index 1914 - 1918

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