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Regiment & Unit/Ship

Yorkshire Regiment

4th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 23 April 1917

Age 20 years old

Buried or commemorated at


Bay 5.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Mentioned in Despatches
  • Additional Info Son of Harry and Edith Hirsch, of Weetwood Grove, Leeds.
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from "The London Gazette", dated 14th June, 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack. Having arrived at the first objective, Capt. Hirsch, although already twice wounded, returned over fire-swept slopes to satisfy himself that the defensive flank was being established. Machine gun fire was so intense that it was necessary for him to be continuously up and down the line encouraging his men to dig and hold the position. He continued to encourage his men by standing on the parapet and steadying them in the face of machine gun fire and counter-attack until he was killed. His conduct throughout was a magnificent example of the greatest devotion to duty."

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