Hull, Desmond (No. 7021412)

Hull, Desmond

Rifleman

No. 7021412, 2nd Battalion, the London Irish Rifles, Royal Ulster Rifles

Killed on active service on Thursday 2 December 1943 (aged 20)

Buried:

Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy (Grave XI. C. 21)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Comber Cemetery

BIOGRAPHY

According to a family source, Desmond Hull was born in 1923 in Saintfield and he was a son of Thomas Hull and a stepson of Elizabeth Hull (nee Hull) who were married on 13 May 1926 in St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Belfast.  Thomas Hull (aged 37), a hackle maker from 14 Eastland Street, Belfast, was a son of Thomas Hull, a boot maker.  Elizabeth Hull (aged 20) from 51 Argyle Street, Belfast was a daughter of John Hull, a house repairer.

Later, the Hull family lived in Comber.

According to a family source, Desmond Hull had fifteen siblings – Thomas, Sidney, David, Annie, John, Mary, Georgina, Jessie, Edward, Cecil, William, Barbara, Pearl, Gerald, and Alice.

During the Second World War Desmond Hull served with the Royal Ulster Rifles and in 1942 he and Barbara Daniels were married in Plympton, Devonshire.  Later that year they had a son named Desmond and they lived in Ivybridge, Devonshire.  A little over a year later, on 2 December 1943, Rifleman Desmond Hull (No. 7021412) died during the Allied advance up the Adriatic coast in Italy and he was buried in Sangro River War Cemetery.

Rifleman Desmond Hull (No. 7021412) is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Comber Cemetery.  His father Thomas died on 17 July 1951 (aged 62) and his stepmother Elizabeth died on 17 August 1980 (aged 73).