John James Hoyle
Contributed by: David De Smet, on 2008-11-09
|First Name||John James|
|Year of Birth||1885|
|Year of Death||1917|
|Regiment||East Lancashire Regiment|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Hareholm, Lancashire|
John James's Story
The following is part of a letter written by Private John James Hoyle to his wife Nell, on 22 June 1917 (the day before he was killed by a bursting shell):
'Yes my dear I can believe you when you say that nature is so very beautiful at present in the dear homeland. It is so in some parts of France but where we are just now you do not hear much of the singing of the birds but rather the constant roar of the artillery, the hurtling shells flying through the air on their mission of death, the crack, crack, crack of the machine guns; the trees mostly only half standing, the ground full of shell holes and here and there little crosses telling you that underneath there, there lies those who have fallen in the conflict who have died that others may live, who have sacrificed their lives in the cause of God and humanity.
Your reference to the setting sun I was most charmed with dear. Yes, it is the same sun which you see in our garden, which I see here on the battlefield, and what is better still, as you say it is the same God that has us in his keeping.'