Levi Hulse

Levi Hulse was born on 15th April 1894 at 114, Woodford Lane, Over, Winsford.  He was the son of James Reuben Hulse (born Overton, near Frodsham) and his wife Emily (nee Wildblood) who was born at Mow Cop in the east of Cheshire.

At some time in the next few years the family moved to Aston-by-Sutton, where the father was working as a labourer at a salt works.  Levi had two brothers, Charles who was 16 years old and employed as a boiler cleaner in a chemical works and Joseph who was eleven years old and at school.  They also had a sister Mary who was three years of age.  Another child called James Reuben had died in 1896 at the age of five years.

The Census of 1911 recorded the Hulse family at Marshgate Cottages at Frodsham Bridge. The father was now working as a general labourer and only Levi and his sister were still living at home.  Levi was a farm labourer and Mary was at school.

It is not known when Levi enlisted to serve in the Great War, but he joined the Welch Regiment (18th Battalion) as a private with the service number 28467.  This battalion fought at the Battles of St Quentin and Baupamme on the Somme in 1918 and then at the Battles of Estaires and Hazebrouck in Flanders.  Levi died as a result of fighting that year and his death was recorded as the 24th March 1918.  His name is on the Arras Memorial at the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, as he has no known grave, his death being presumed.  His parents at that time were living at 17, Baker Road in Weston Point, Runcorn.  Levi was awarded the Victory Medal and he is commemorated on the War Memorial at Aston-by-Sutton.

Levi Hulse was 24 years old when he died.