Samuel Hankey, Private 13645, 10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 17th January 1916 near Ypres, Belgium
Samuel Hankey was born in Northwich in 1894, the son of Mr and Mrs E Hankey, of 10 York Place, Whalley Road, Northwich. The family later lived at 2 House 2 Court, New Street, Northwich. Samuel attended Macclesfield Industrial School, leaving the school in 1910.
Samuel’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Courier of 5th February 1916:
SHOT ON SENTRY DUTY – TALE OF A MACCLESFIELD INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL BOY
News reached Northwich on Friday morning of the death in action of Private Samuel Hankey of the 10th Cheshire Regiment. He had been in France for a little over three months, and he fell a victim to a sniper’s bullet on the night of January 18th. Private Hankey was the son of Mr and Mrs E Hankey, of 10 York Place, Whalley Road, Northwich. He was formerly an inmate of the Macclesfield Industrial School, which he left on May 24th, 1910, being placed out as a shoemaker with Mr Postle, Wilmslow Road, Bramhall. In May 1911 he went home to work with his father in a shipbuilding yard at Northwich, and worked there until he enlisted. Hankey’s three brothers are also serving.
Private Samuel Hankey is buried in grave ref. IV. B. 8. of the Rifle House Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Samuel Hankey, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Samuel Hankey is commemorated on the Macclesfield Industrial School war memorial.