My great-uncle, Louis Hepworth was born in 1889 and brought up in East Ardsley, a mining village in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Because of his poor health he was unable to become a coal miner, but he found employment in the accounts department of Morley Co-op.
Following the introduction of conscription in January 1916 for single men between the ages of 18 and 41, Louis worked with horses in the Army Veterinary Corps. Initially he was based in England but then moved to France and Flanders with the horses.
Due to heavy losses in the infantry, at some point he was transferred to the 20th Battalion (Tyneside Irish) of the Northumberland Fusiliers. Louis was wounded fighting with his battalion during the third battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).
Louis died at the 43rd Casualty Clearing Station at Boisleux-au-Mont (near Arras) on the 30 November 1917. He was buried in the Bucquoy Road Cemetery in Ficheux, Pas de Calais. His death is also commemorated on the East Ardsley War Memorial situated in the churchyard.
The photographs show a view of part of the Bucquoy Road Cemetery and the headstone of Louis Hepworth’s grave. The prints were obtained from The War Graves Photographic Project.