Jasper was one of the many young men who rushed to enlist shortly after the outbreak of war in 1914 and enlisted in Royton on September 25th of that year. He was perhaps thinking of joining the infantry but his experience of baking found him allotted to the Army Service Corps and on September 26th he joined them at Aldershot. The following year on May 31st he married Mary Emma Newton Royton. Mary Emma's address was 2 Spring Gardens Street. Shortly afterwards Jasper was sent out to France for active service arriving on July 28th 1915 as a member of the 49th Field Bakery. This unit was attached to the 37th Division,which had started crossing the Channel from July 22nd.
Jasper at some later point found himself attached to a Railway Stores unit of the Royal Engineers and it was while with them that he was suddenly taken ill & died of appendicitis at the 35th General Hospital in Calais on August 28th 1916 at 19:30.
His widow Mary never remarried and died in 1943 aged 53. At the time she was living in Blackpool but her body was brought back to Royton and she is buried in the Newton family plot at Royton Cemetery.
A British Army Field Bakery
Jasper Hague was born on November 4th 1891 at 1 Henshaw Lane in Chadderton. His mother was Hannah, originally from Sheffield, who worked as a charwoman. Jasper's father's name was not given on his birth certificate. At that time Jasper & Hannah were living with Jasper's widowed grandmother Ann, his aunt Mary and two young girls - Ruth and Fanny. Fanny was Jasper's sister and it's probable that Ruth was also although it's possible she was his cousin.
Hannah Hague married Thomas Harwood in 1897 at Christ Church in Chadderton. The 1901 census found them living at 19 Nelson Street and Jasper's name was given as Jasper Harwood. Younger siblings Richard and Selina had by then been born although Selina would die in 1903 aged three.
In 1909 Jasper had started a one year apprenticeship with J.H Shepherd, a baker with two shops in Royton but at the time of the 1911 census, aged 17, he was working in one of the local cotton mills and boarding with the Duckworth family at 79 Rochdale Lane.
photo courtesy of Len Scott
Date of Death:28/08/1916
Regiment:Army Service Corps
Unit:attd. Railway Stores Park Royal Engineers
Cemetery:Calais Southern Cemetery
Grave Ref:Plot E.Row 5.Grave 3.