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Date of Birth
Date of Death
4 Oct 1916
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World War I Address
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Soldier or Civilian
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.