There are three contenders for the origin of this street name. The first is Sir Edward Henry Hulse (August 25, 1859 – May 29, 1903), a conservative politician who was mentioned in dispatches for his military service during the Second Boer War. After the war he remained in South Africa and was appointed chief press censor in the new colonies. In his final months, in considerable pain from a war injury and having lost huge sums on the stock market and horse racing, he took his own life. It could also be named after his brother, the Second Lieutenant Charles Westrow Hulse who also fought in South Africa and was killed in action at Braklaagte on June 4. A final contender is the 7th Baronet, Sir Edward Hamilton Westrow Hulse (August 31, 1889 – March 12, 1915), the son and heir of the 6th Baronet who served as an army officer during the First World War. He too was killed in action at Neuve-Chapelle. According to a short biography written by Perceval Landon his commanding officer, Major Paynter, fell severely wounded and Hulse was killed crossing open ground trying to help him. In any case the family had owned land in Barking since the early 18thCentury when Mary, wife of Edward, eldest son of Sir Edward Hulse, inherited Barking manor as part of the Hulse estate, in 1847 comprising some 1200 acres.
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