Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Jacob Andrew Norman Hessler

Photo of Jacob Andrew Norman Hessler
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1907 - 1907.

Regiment: Durham Light Inf.
Died: 27 May 1918 aged 25 in France. Killed in action near Rheims.
Cemetery: Soissons Mem

Son of Jacob Kruse Muller Hessler and Killy Hessler, of "Wyndcliffe", Seaton Carew, West Hartlepool. b. 1893.
Middle IV B—Modern III.
Shipper and Timber Merchant; 5th Batt. Durham L.I. 1913.
Great War, mobilised 1914; Captain.
5th Bn. Durham Light Infantry.

'Since leaving School he had been engaged in his father's shipping and timber business. He was in the West Indies at the outbreak of war, but immediately returned to take his place in the Territorial battalion to which he had been commissioned a year previously, and he went with it to France in 1915.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918).

He sought to alleviate the financial hardships of widows, that entailed his men making weekly voluntary contributions to the Company Sick Club, which would provide widows with financial support until they received a government grant, which elicited the approval of the Secretary of State for War and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.They Served

On 16th May 1916 at Kemmel, he sprained his ankle while jumping an obstacle on returning from the firing line. He returned to his unit on the 15th October 1917.

His brother Jacob K.M. Hessler also died serving with the D.L.I.

Service record:WO 374/33011