Corporal William Gurney

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

4 Oct 1916

Media files and documents

War time / or Pre War occupation



Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

1 Guildford Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Red Cross Hospital
United Kingdom

Grave Location

Plot Y.F.47
Crawley Green Road
United Kingdom

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 12th October 1916
Gravestone of Cpl William Gurney


Cpl William Gurney, 97201, No 8 Depot Company, Royal Engineers, died in the Red Cross Hospital at Newark, Notts, from an acute internal condition. He was taken suddenly ill and died ten hours later.

He had served with the Guards in the South African campaign for which he was awarded two medals and eight bars. He rejoined the Colour at the outbreak of war and became attached to the Royal Engineers at Newark as an instructor.

Aged 40, the 6ft 2in soldier left a widow, Minnie (nee Wheeldon), daughter Edna May and sons William Eric and Albert Leslie living at 1 Guildford Street, Luton. The couple had married in 1904.

Before re-enlistment William had worked as a carpenter for Mr E. Jaquest, Messrs Dunham and Messrs T. & E. Neville in Luton.

The funeral took place at the Church Cemetery, Crawley Green Road, on Monday, October 9th, 1916, attended by representatives of the No 8 Depot.

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Gravestone of Cpl William Gurney

Author: KarenC

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