OBITUARY: Arthur Hirst

Arthur Hirst
Arthur Hirst

Arthur Hirst of Horncastle died peacefully at the age of 90 at Lincoln County Hospital on Friday September 26, 2014.

The funeral service was held at St Marys Church, Horncastle, followed by a Cremation at Alford Crematorium on Tuesday October 14 at 12 noon.

Patricia Page officiated at the church service at St Mary’s and afterwards at Alford Crematorium. The funeral arrangements were made by Co-operative Funeral Service in Horncastle. Arthur’s Son Russell Hirst wrote and read his Father’s Eulogy.

Arthur Hirst was born on 7th February 1924 in Monk Bretton, Barnsley. He was the sixth of seven children born to George Arthur and Elizabeth Eugenie Hirst.

In 1942 Arthur enlisted at Warwick in the Royal Berkshire Regiment. After initial training he was posted to Stamford and Horncastle. It was at this time he met his future wife Nancy. During the Second World War he travelled to India and to Burma. In 1944 Arthur was one of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Kohima, which goes down in the annals of military history for its savagery and bravery in equal measure. Arthur was decorated while serving in the military.

In 1947, when the war was over he married Nancy Pinder and they resided at 98 Tennyson Gardens in Horncastle. Arthur and Nancy had two daughters Elizabeth and Jane. By this time Arthur had left the army and was enjoying civilian life working as an Electrician. Sadly Nancy passed away in 1956 at the tragically young age of 30 and Arthur was only 32.

Several years later Arthur started working at what is now East Kirkby Aviation Heritage Centre, but at this time it was an American Air Base. It was here that he met Doris whilst she was working in the Judge Advocates Office. Arthur went in to fix her office light and the rest as they say is history. Doris and Arthur married at Gainsborough Registry Office on 1st February 1958. They went on to have Julie, four years later Russell was born and then five years later Robin and they lived at 100 Tennyson Gardens in Horncastle.

Arthur was now employed by the Department of the Environment as a technical officer. He was posted to Bahrain and the family followed on later. This was a period of his life that he looked back on with pleasure. A posting to Ascension Island followed and while he was away Doris worked hard furnishing and decorating their new home “Aruba Lodge” in Lancaster Avenue in Horncastle.

During his time with the Department of the Environment he held positions at Coningsby, Wakefield, Catterick, Cardington, Scampton and finally Coningsby again. Arthur earned the respect of everyone he worked with. He was a dependable colleague who was generous with his knowledge and experience; he could teach and learn with equal grace. Arthur met Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, the Queen Mother (briefly) and even Sir Denis Thatcher in his Mowlem days.

Arthur retired in 1984 at the age of 60 despite several appeals to go back. His personal file congratulates him on two modifications he made whilst working at Scampton, that are still in use today. A Carrier Landing Assistor and another for improving night time runway safety.

Arthur had the retirement he wanted, a keen cyclist until 1978. Doris and Arthur were seldom apart, enjoying their retirement together. They were well known around Horncastle, walking their little “Westie” Dougal. He was delighted when nine years ago his Grandson Oliver was born. He adored Oliver and his Grandson brought him much happiness and comfort that the Hirst name would be carried on to the next generation.

As an ex-serviceman he supported the Royal British Legion and the family would like to thank everyone who donated to this charity in memory of Arthur. £160.00 has been raised for the local branch of RBL.

The family would also like to express their thanks and gratitude to Patricia Page for her lovely service at St Mary’s, followed by Alford and for her kindness. Also the family offer their thanks and appreciation to the Cooperative Funeral Service in Horncastle for their professionalism and support.

Family mourners were- Wife – Doris Hirst; Daughter – Elizabeth Vinters with partner Mattew Connors; Daughter- Jane Bahdar; Daughter- Julie Lindley and Son in Law Andrew Lindley; Son – Russell Hirst and Daughter in Law Sadie Hirst; Son – Robin Hirst with Fiancée Rachel; Brother in Law - Major John Hardy and Sister in Law Joan Hardy; Grandchildren – Rebecca Kisby, Paul Lindley and wife Sophie Lindley, James Lindley with partner Nicola, Darren, Joshua, Lisa and Oliver Hirst; Great Grandchild- Robbie Kisby; Nieces – Susan Wright, Catherine Gormley and Margaret Fletcher; Nephew- Andrew Sykes and wife Linda Sykes. Bob Cunningham

Friends and Neighbours – Michael and Hilary Carter, Adam and Kelly Carter, Richard and Lisa Hammond, Mr Anthony Baker and wife, Martin Foster, Doris Foster, Sharon Sands, P.Hogg, Mrs C. Loveley, Mr and Mrs. J Hoyles, John Espin, Tina Hassall Rep. Carl Hassall, Terence Clapton, Mr R Foster, Tanya, Ceceilia, Terry and Pauline; and other mourners.

The family wishes to thank everyone who came to the funeral.