Lewis HENRY Hurley

Date of birth: 1878
Place of birth: Bridgwater, Somerset
Regiment: Grenadier Guards
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Serjeant, 19688
Died: 31st July 1917, aged 39 years
Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium


Henry was the second of 5 siblings born to Richard Lewis and Clara Hurley (nee Whitling), who married in Bridgwater in 1875.

Interestingly, Richard called himself “Lewis” when he married Clara.


Clara was born in Bridgwater in 1857 and she unfortunately passed away young, in 1889.

Richard, a cattle buyer, was also born in Bridgwater, in 1849, and he married Alice Mary Jesty in Bridgwater in 1890. He died in Basingstoke in 1925.


Richard and Alice were living in Sholing at the 1901 Census, and at 70 Oxford Avenue, St. Mary’s at the 1911 Census.



Eva Emma   b. 1876 Bridgwater   d. 1952 Bridgwater   Married Frank Edward Turner in Cardiff in 1908.

Lewis Henry 

Frederick William b. 1880 Bridgwater   d. ??   Married Edith Rebecca Hignell in Portsmouth in 1907.

Alice Louise   b. 1881 Bridgwater  d. ??   Married William Woodcock in Somerset in 1906.

Elizabeth MAUD   b. 1886 Bridgwater   d. 1966 Portsmouth


Henry was living with Percy and Sarah Parker at 19 Victoria Place, Bournemouth at the 1911 Census.



Henry perished on the first day of the Battle of Pilkem Ridge, which was the opening of the Third Battle of Ypres.


In heavy rain and cloying mud, the 2nd Grenadiers (under the command of Colonel de Crespigny) drove the Germans back 2.5 miles along a 1500 yard front.


Casualties for the battalion on Day 1 were 46 killed, 200 wounded and 15 missing.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016


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