Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 7th Bn. South Lancashire Regiment Killed In Action Saturday 1st July 1916 Age 23
Grave\Panel Ref: I.B.15.

John Baldwin Hoyle was the third son of Edward Hoyle and was baptised in Knutsford on 9th November 1892. He entered Rugby School in 1906 and later went up to Pembroke College Cambridge where he took his degree with Classical Honours in May 1914. He initially enlisted in the University & Public Schools Corps in August 1914; he was promoted Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment in April 1915. He went to France with his Battalion in the July of the same year. Early in 1916 he was specially commended by the Divisional General for "excellent reconnaissance work" and in June was awarded the MC (Military Cross) for his conduct and work in Neuve Chappelle. On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, he was reported "Missing" and subsequently certified as killed at Ovillers-la-Bioiselle. He was aged just 23. He was seen to enter the German trenches but did not return with the survivors of the attack. He is buried in Ovillers Military Cemetery.

John's brother Geoffrey Morgan Hoyle was killed in action on the 9th August 1915.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Michael Akerman for this information on John.

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