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Remembered Today:

Pte Joseph Henry Gurr 2/15 London Regt

Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC


Initials: J H

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles)

Unit Text: 2nd/15th Bn.

Age: 29

Date of Death: 16/10/1918

Service No: 533998

Additional information: Son of Thomas Henry and Margaret Rosina Gurr, of I, Acacia Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: V. B. 9.


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& the cemetery info


Country: France

Locality: Nord

Location Information: La Kreule is a small hamlet 2 kilometres north of Hazebrouck, on the road to St Sylvestre-Cappel and Steenvoorde. Leave Hazebrouck on the D916 heading north. The Cemetery is visible from the roundabout where the D916 crosses the Hazebrouck by-pass. The access road to the cemetery is 100 metres off the roundabout, on the left hand side.

Historical Information: La Kreule Military Cemetery was opened in April 1918 by the 1st and 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations, which came back from Outtersteene ahead of the German advance, and the 17th, which arrived from Lijssenthoek. These three stations, known collectively as "Ana Jana Siding", were posted to the north of La Kreule, but in the middle of April they withdrew to Blendecques, near St. Omer, and the cemetery was then used by heavy artillery and fighting units. In October 1918, the 17th Casualty Clearing Station returned with the 8th and the 64th and the cemetery was closed at the end of the month. The cemetery contains 576 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 11 German war graves. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

No. of Identified Casualties: 586

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Found Joseph on the 1901 census as an 11 year old living in Hammersmith with his family. The Gurr family consisted of his father Thomas a 41 year old Printer Compositor who was born in Kilburn, his mother Margaret who was aged 39 & also a native of Kilburn, his two younger sisters Ada & Grace who were 9 & 1 respectively & both born in Hammersmith as was Joseph. There was also a George Gurr who was a 31 year old Signalman. As his relationship to Thomas the head of the household is listed as other, I am assuming he was Thomas' younger brother thus making him Joseph's Uncle

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Born Hammersmith

Enlisted Wembley

Died of wounds

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