- The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
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|For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack near Wancourt on the 23rd April 1917. Having arrived at the first objective, Captain Hirsch, although twice wounded, returned over fire-swept slopes to satisfy himself that the defensive flank was being established. Machine-gun fire was so intense that it was necessary for him to be continuously up and down the line encouraging his men to dig and hold the position. He continued to encourage his men by standing on the parapet and steadying them in the face of machine gun fire and counter-attack until he was killed. His conduct throughout was a magnificent example of the greatest devotion to duty.|
David Philip Hirsch was born in Leeds on 28th December 1896, the eldest
son of Harry and Edith Hirsch ofWestwood Grove, Leeds. In May 1908,
he entered Willeston School, Nantwich, where he later became head boy.
Phil, or 'Pip' to his parents, was a fine all-round athlete; he
took more wickets for the school than any previous bowler and also held
the record for the mile. He was also a star pupil, winning an open
exhibition in history to Worcester College, Oxford.