Harry Jurd

Harry in his uniform

Harry in his uniform

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1912
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 10245
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 10th
Died: 6th September 1917 aged 32 years
Death location: Salonika, Doiran Front

 

Life before the War
Harry was born 1886 in Nursling, Southampton.  He was the son of William and Henrietta Martha, nee Houghton, who married in 1870 in Southampton.

The 3rd of 6 children, Harry’s siblings – 3 sisters and 2 brothers – were:

William 1871 – 1953

Mary Sophia (Polly)1872

George 1879 – 1899

Louisa Harriet 1880

Kate Evelyn 1891 – 1900

In the 1891 census Harry was living in Durley Street, Durley, Hampshire with his parents and siblings.  His father was a Gardener and his brother George was a Farm Labourer.

Harry was a servant in the 1901 census and was living at the Post Office in Durley, he was employed as a Bakers Boy Porter by Edmund Houghton.

Harry and his wife Lizzie on their wedding day in 1908.

Harry and his wife Lizzie on their wedding day in 1908.

 

Harry married Elizabeth Emma Herbert in 1908 Southampton.  By the 1911 census Harry and his wife were living at 22 Wilton Road, Shirley, Southampton.  He was working as a Journeyman Baker.  They stated that they had one child who had died.  In the following year, 1912, they had a daughter Edie M, born in Southampton.

 

 

War Service
Harry joined the Hampshire Regiment, 10th Battalion as a Lance Corporal. He signed on in Southampton, his Service Number was 10245.

He died from his wounds on 6th September 1917 aged 32 in the Balkans.

He is Remembered with Honour at the Struma Military Cemetery, Greece – pictures of the cemetery, and Harry’s headstone, are shown below.

 

Harry's-headstone

Taken from Durley History Society
“Harry Joined the 10th Service Battalion of the Royal Hampshire Regiment in August 1914. The Battalion was formed from Kitchener’s First Army Volunteers. They left Liverpool on 7 July 1915 for the campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula, landing at Suvia Bay on the night of 5/6 August, serving there for eight weeks. The losses were 30 officers and 800 men. From there Harry and his fellow soldiers went to Modros, arriving in Salonika on 16 Nov 1915 and deployed on the Doiran Front. The 10th Battalion diary reads that on the 6th Sept at 0530 hrs, B company at Osman Kamilla came into collision with an enemy patrol (Bulgars) and suffered over 100 casualties – 2 men seriously wounded. One of these wounded was Harry Jurd, who died later that same day from his wound. Enemy casualties were estimated at 20. Harry is buried in Struma War Cemetery, Greece, plot 2 Row E Grave 9. His name is on theSouthampton Cenotaph”.

Permission to use this extract given by the Durley History Society on 18th June 2013.

National Roll of the Great War
“Jurd, H., L/Corporal, 10th Hampshire Regiment.
He volunteered in September 1914 and in the following year was sent to the Dardenelles where he saw much active service. He was later transferred to Salonika and there took part in much of the heavy fighting until killed in action on September 6th 1917. He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 star and the general service and victory medals.
22, Wilton Road, Shirley, Southampton”.

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 14th June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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