109408 Pte. William Michael Hurley

Maple Copse Cemetery


Near Ieper


Born in Sidcup, Kent, England, in October 1894, William signed on in Toronto in November 1914.

Single, and a farmer by trade, William attested into the 4th CMR in Toronto as part of the original intake, on November 28th, 1914.

At the time of his loss, on May 11th, 1916, the 4th CMR was in the front line in the Sanctuary Wood and Zillebeke Dugouts area, when, in the early hours of the 11th, heavy and sustained enemy shelling fell upon the front line, communication and support trenches, leaving several men dead from 'A', 'B' and 'C' Companies. William, 21 years old, was one of the unfortunates that night.

Pte. William Hurley is one of 12 men of the 4th CMR known to lie at rest at rest in the small and peaceful Maple Copse Cemetery, near Sanctuary Wood, Ieper.

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Biography excerpt courtesy of David Kavanagh, headstone image courtesy of 4cmr.com