Luke HOPWOOD
Rank: Private
Number: 7628
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 24 November 1914
Age: 26
Cemetery: Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery, Belgium

Luke was born in the parish of St Mary's C of E Church, Stockport, the son of John Thomas Hopwood and Mary Hopwood. At the time of the 1901 Census, he was aged 13 and working as a cotton operative. A few years later, when he was old enough, he joined the army.

Between January and March 1910, he married Eliza Summerscales. Their family home was at 3 Victory Street, Portwood. Eliza and Luke had two young daughters, one aged 3, the other 18 months. It's not known if Luke was still a serving soldier when War was declared in August 1914. If not, then he was still a reservist and would have been recalled to the colours. Within a few days, Luke would have found himself in France and in action at the battle of Mons on 23 August.

Luke died of wounds on 24 November. It is not possible to know for certain when he received them but it will have been during this tour of duty in the front line. He will have been evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station some miles behind the trenches Poperinghe. There military surgeons will have done all they could to save his life. It is probable that Luke was wounded toward the end of the tour of duty, probably ion the 19th or 20th. It seems probable, therefore, that he was operated on, but was too weak to be moved to full hospital facilities on the French coast.

   
           
   
     
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