Edward John Stanley Gurr

Date of birth: 5th December 1894
Place of birth: Gravesend, Kent
Regiment: Rifle Brigade
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Rifleman, S/9910
Died: 9th May 1915, aged 20 years
Commemorated: Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium

 

Edward was the elder of 2 siblings born to Edward Joseph and Emma Louisa Gurr (nee Wheeler), who married in Tooting in 1891.

 

Edward, a Customs Officer, was born in Newhaven in 1867; Emma was born in Southampton in 1869.

Both parents passed away in Southampton in 1910 so, rather unfortunately, the whole family was gone by the end of October 1918.

 

Edward’s brother was….

 

Harry Leslie   b. 9 January 1897 Gravesend   d. 22 October 1918 Netley, Southampton……see separate story.

 

At the 1901 Census, the family was living at 28 Nelson Street, Shirley.

At the 1911 Census, Edward was at Devonport naval base as a member of the Royal Navy. In the next 6 months, he was going to be found “unsuitable” for naval life.

 

As a member of the Rifle Brigade, Edward arrived at Le Havre on 6 November 1914.

 

The 2nd Battalion were part of the 25th Infantry Brigade in the 8th Division, and were in action right across the Western Front.

 

It is almost certain that Edward lost his life on the first day of the Battle of Aubers Ridge, part of the Second Battle of Artois (May 9 – June 18).

The battle was part of a combined Anglo-French effort to force a hole in the German lines in the north of France.

 

It is seen as an unmitigated disaster for the British army, with no ground won and no tactical advantage gained.

 

It is estimated that 11,619 British servicemen lost their lives during the Second Battle of Artois.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th August 2016
Updated:

 

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