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To Pay The Price – Si­las K Hock­ing A BOOK wrapped in brown pa­per found in a cup­board in Mil­nrow has led to a de­tec­tive hunt by three lo­cal re­searchers from Hud­der­s­field.

The book, To Pay the Price, pic­tured right, by Si­las K. Hock­ing was a present to a John Wil­liam Bev­er­ley given to him by his cousins, Clara Bell and May Matthews on his twelfth birth­day in De­cem­ber 1900.

Even more in­trigu­ing was a let­ter (far right) found in­side the book from John Wil­liam Bev­er­ley to his mother dated Septem­ber 26, 1917 from the bat­tle­fields of France.

The dis­cov­ery of the book and let­ter led to Old­ham where John Wil­liam Bev­er­ley was born on De­cem­ber 4, 1888. A prop­erty re­pairer by trade he joined the 2/10th Manch­ester Reg­i­ment the Old­ham Ter­ri­to­ri­als at Whit­sun­tide 1915, and was sent to Egypt early in 1917. He was later sent to France where he was wounded in the knee with shrap­nel on April 5, 1918.

Trans­ferred to the Lord Derby Hospi­tal, War­ring­ton, he died on May 13, 1918, aged 29 and was buried in Chad­der­ton ceme­tery on May 24, 1918.

He left a wife and young son.

The finder would very much like to re­unite the book and let­ter with a rel­a­tive of John Wil­liam Bev­er­ley.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Old­ham Lo­cal Stud­ies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Old­ham, OL1 1DN.

Tele­phone: 0161 770 4565. Email archives@ old­ham.gov.uk.

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