Private Percy Gurney

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

Jan 1893

Date of Death

16 Aug 1917

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Service Number

35614, 40387

Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location


War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

Percy Gurney was born in Luton in January 1893. He was 1 of 8 children born to Tom & Emily.

In 1911 Percy is 17 & living at 48 Hartley Road with his family that are all working from home in the hat trade. His father Tom is 42 & a self employed straw hat manufacturer, his mother Emily, 40 & 19 year old sister Emily Rosa, are both straw hat finishers & younger brother, 16 year old Frederick George, is a straw hat machinist. His 12 year old sister Lizzie is at school.

Percy enlisted into the Essex Regiment but sometime before August 1917 he transferred to the 2nd battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. The regiment stayed on the Western Front throughout the war. In 1917 they fought in the Third Battle of Ypres & it was here that Percy was killed in action.

Percy died on 16th August 1917. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial & on a family grave in the Crawley Green Road cemetery

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Author: KarenC

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