|The Rushden Echo Friday 16 March 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Medallist Killed - Private Herbert Hankins Shot in the Head
Unofficial news has been received this week by Mrs Hankins, of 36 Sartoris-road, Rushden, that her youngest son, Pte Herbert Hankins, R.F.A., has been killed in action in France. The sad news is contained in a letter from an N.C.O. of the same company, who writes that Pte Hankins was shot in the head while in the trenches, and was buried behind the firing line. He adds that the deceased soldier was a straightforward man, and well beloved by his comrades.
Pte Hankins was assistant to Mr Hedley, chemist, Rushden, about eight years ago, and at the outbreak of war was employed as a chemist in London. He joined the Colours when the first call for men came, and was trained and out in France in a few months. Up to his decease he had come through all the campaigns unscathed, and some short time ago was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and persistence in carrying out his duty.
Mrs Hankins would be glad of any further particulars which could be given her by any of our readers.