Picture from the Evening Star – 31st December 1942.

Born: 14th September 1905, Ipswich.

Died: 15th November 1942; age: 37; MPK.

Residence: 76, Reynolds Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Moulder at Waterside Works, Ransomes & Rapier Plc., Ipswich.


Rank: Petty Officer Sick Berth; Service Number: C/5BR 5259.

Regiment: Royal Naval Auxiliary Sickberth Reserve, H.M.S.’Avenger’


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Second son of Albert & Rosina Hurle, of 79, Great Whip Street, Ipswich; husband of Ada Doris Hurle, of Ipswich.






1911   3, Hartley Street, Ipswich.


Albert was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Albert Edwin Hurle, 45, a Stationary Engine Driver – Oil Mill, born Frome, Somerset.

Rosina Hurle (nee Bailey), 41, born Buckland, Somerset.

Reginald Edwin Hurle, 17, a Grocer’s Assistant, born Frome.

Winifred Rose Hurle, 15, a Dress Maker, born Frome.

Hilda Maud Hurle, 12, born Frome.

Beatrice May Hurle, 10, born Frome.

Edith Ivy Hurle, 9, born Frome.

Violet Bailey Hurle, 7, born Ipswich.

Stanley Malcolm Hurle, 2, born Ipswich.

Harold George Hurle, 1 month, born Ipswich.


Albert’s father Albert Edwin Hurle died 1932, Ipswich. His mother, Rosina Hurle died 1937, Ipswich.


Albert was for 20 years a member of St. John Ambulance Brigade.


Albert became a new member of staff for the Great Western Railway Company in 1921.


In 1928, Ipswich, Albert married Ada Doris Godfrey, born November 1909, Ipswich.

They had 3 daughters and 1 son.

Peggy N. Hurle, born May 1929, Ipswich.

Christine R. Hurle, born 1931, Ipswich.

Jeanette P. Hurle, born September 1933, Ipswich.

Ronald C. Hurle, born 1941, Louth, Lincolnshire. Albert was able to met his son who was born just before his death.



Albert was away from home. His wife was living with their daughters at the home of her widowed mother – Turner Road, Ipswich.

Mary Ann Duff, unpaid Domestic Duties, born August 1874, Ipswich.

Ada Hurle, unpaid Domestic Duties.





Albert is also remembered on the Ransomes & Rapier war memorial at Bourne Park, Ipswich.


A family note:


Most grateful for this genealogical gem ! His sister Edith Jane was my beloved Grandmother ‘Nana’.
As far as I am aware, he was the only family casualty of the War.

H.M.S. ‘Avenger’ 15th November 1942.

H.M.S. ‘Avenger’ was built by the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, Chester, Pennsylvania. She was originally launched in November 1940 as an American motor passenger liner ‘Rio Hudson’. She was loaned to the UK under the Lend-Lease programme. Within a year H.M.S. ‘Avenger’ was renovated for the Royal Navy, and converted to an auxiliary aircraft carrier with the capacity to carry 15 aircraft. On the 22nd October 1942, H.M.S ‘Avenger’ left Clyde, Scotland to take part in Operation Torch – the Allied Invasion of North Africa. After leaving North Africa to start her journey home, H.M.S ‘Avenger’ was hit by one torpedo, from the German submarine U-155 (Kapitanleutnant Adolf Piening) at 3.20am, west of Gibraltar. The torpedo ignited her bomb load and blew out the centre section of the ship. She was sunk in less then 3 minutes – 516 lives lost, 12 were rescued.

A second Ipswich man lost,  GEORGE ERNEST LLOYD

In 2020, Albert was in an IWMP exhibition, to honour the men who died during WW2, at Ipswich town centre.

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  • He also had a son who was born just before his death and he did get to met. That son is my dad.


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