Emmerson, Mathew

BORN HULL 1896. SON OF MATHEW EMMERSON (1861-1922) & ELLEN EMMERSON (1863-1943), OF 35 SWANN STREET, HULL (1911 CENSUS). HE HAD A BROTHER, JOHN AND SISTER MARGARET. A BUTCHER’S ASSISTANT. HE ENLISTED IN THE HULL PALS. HE SERVED WITH THE 11TH EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT, IN EGYPT AND FRANCE. SURVIVED THE BATTLES OF THESOMME AND OPPY WOOD. KILLED IN ACTION, ON 28/03/1918, AGED 21. UNMARRIED. HIS ARMY EFFECTS WERE LEFT TO HIS MOTHER, ELLEN.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. PRIVATE MATTHEW EMMERSON 11/659. Born in July 1896, Matthew was the youngest of three children to Matthew and Ellen Emmerson of 35 Swann Street, Hull. Only eighteen when he enlisted at Hull City Hall in the second week of September 1914, just three short years before he had been earning his keep working as a Butcher’s Errand Boy and yet there he was a soldier, ready to fight for King and Country, a proud member of the brand new 11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, ‘The Tradesmen’, 2nd Hull Pals. What he would see and endure over the next two-and-a-half years we can only imagine, and most of us would probably rather not. He spent several seasick weeks aboard ship bound for Alexandria, Egypt; he suffered the baking heat of desert days, and the plunging bone-chilling cold of desert nights; he shipped for Marseilles in March 1916 and then north to the trenches where he survived bloodbaths on the Somme and at Oppy Wood; all of which would have altered him completely, no more the Butcher’s Errand Boy, now a haunted young man, old beyond his years. Matthew Emmerson was killed in action on 28th March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive and his body was never recovered; his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial; he was 21 years old.


First name:
MATHEW
Military Number:
11/659
Rank:
Private
Date Died
28/03/1918
Place died:
Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Age:
21
35 , SWANN STREET, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK