1876 - 28th April 1917 (age 41)
10th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
George Hesp was an agricultural labourer, living at Cocked Hat Cottage with his wife Louisa and their family. He died in January 1890 at the age of 41 leaving his wife with five children including Arthur aged around 14. Louisa then moved with her family to Station Road and later to Buckles Terrace, Sowerby while making money as a laundress. In 1911, three of her children were unmarried and still at home at Buckles Terrace, they were: William, a farm labourer aged 41, Arthur, a labourer aged 34 and Gertrude, a laundress aged 28. There was also a grand daughter Eva Lofthouse aged 13.
Arthur enlisted in Thirsk into the West Riding Regiment and was later transferred to the Lincolnshires. On 28th April 1917, Arthur's battalion was involved in an attack close to the Scarpe river near Roeux. The starting point was at the side of the present day motorway which heads north/south on the east side of Arras. 626 other ranks were involved in the battle which had started very early in the morning. By the end of the day, 420 had been killed, wounded or were missing. Later, 200 were identified as having been evacuated wounded while 40 were confirmed as killed.
Arthur lies in Roeux Cemetery, plot A.2. The cemetery can be found along a very rough track, and hidden in peaceful woodland near to the motorway.
Arthur Hesp lies at peace in Roeux British Cemetery
The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.
Information about Arthur Hesp on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Information about Arthur Hesp on the War Graves Photographic Project website
Part of the St Oswald's Church website