Harry Leslie Gurr

Date of birth: 9 January 1897
Place of birth: Gravesend, Kent
Regiment: Northamptonshire
Battalion: 6th
Rank / Service No: Private, 59599
Died: 22nd October 1918, aged 21 years
Buried: Netley Military Cemetery, Southampton


Harry was the younger 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.


Harry’s brother was….


Edward John Stanley   b. 5 December 1894 Gravesend   d. 9 May 1915 France…..see separate story.



Harry was living with Edward’s sister Mina and her family at 31 Gordon Avenue, Portswood at the 1911 Census.

His address was 34 Gordon Avenue when he was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in 1918.


It has to be said that Harry had done well to survive until late 1918. The 6th Northants, in the 54th Brigade of the 18th (Eastern) Division, were involved in all the major actions of the war.


The 18th Division suffered the loss of 13,727 men during the war.

The Division spent most of 1918 around the town of Le Cateau, and latterly fought in the Battle of Epehy, the Battle of the St Quentin Canal and the Battle of the Selle.


It is almost certain that Harry was injured in one of these engagements, but was obviously well enough to travel home initially.


The Cemetery is a permanent military site owned by the M.o.D, and it was used for burials from the Royal Victoria Military Hospital.

It contains 636 WW1 burials.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th August 2016


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