KILLED BY SNIPER
News was received
on Saturday by Mrs. Hirst, of 212, Cog-lane, Burnley that her husband,
Pte. Willie Hirst, of the King’s Own Royal Lancasters, to the effect
that he was killed by a sniper on September 27th while serving in France.
The news came from a comrade, and also his commanding officer. The former,
Pte. William Dawson, states that he was also wounded by the same sniper,
but he had his revenge by killing that individual. Pte. Hirst was well-known
in the Wood Top district. He was 25 years of age and leaves a young widow,
who is a Cumberland lady. At the time of enlistment on May 8th last, he
was engaged at Barrow, previous to which he was employed at Mr. Heap’s
Motor Garage, Burnley. He was connected with Holy Trinity Church, Burnley,
where he was a respected member of the church choir.