Images and information courtesy of Nigel Klammer
Image from 1944 Evening Star newspaper.
Born: 1923, Ipswich.
Died: 28th October 1944; age: 22; KiA.
Residence: 27, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Trooper; Service Number: 5836493.
Regiment: Royal Armed Corps, Reconnaissance Corps, 49th (West Riding) Regiment. Formerly The Suffolk Regiment.
Nephew to ALFRED MURRELL. Kia.
Father: Walter James Murrell, born February 1895, Bramford, Suffolk.
Mother: Ellen Elizabeth Murrell (nee Smith), born June 1896, Ipswich.
Alfred’s parents Walter and Ellen (Nellie) in later years.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Alfred was living with his parents, sisters, maternal aunt and cousin at their family home – 27, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich.
Walter, a General Labourer – Brickworks.
Ellen, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Joan Winifred Murrell, at School, born June 1926,Ipswich.
Olive May Murrell, born 1929, Ipswich.
Betty Y. Murrell, born 1932, Ipswich.
Ena Margaret Murrell, born 1935, Ipswich.
Winifred Dorothy Sawyer (nee Smith), unpaid Domestic Duties, born April 1905, Ipswich.
Irene Winifred Sawyer, at School, born August 1928, Stepney, London.
An extract from his sisters Eulogy.
Olive May Klammer
2nd August 2013 at Ipswich Cemetery
Olive was one of seven children born to Nellie and Walter Murrell in Ipswich, born on April 21st 1929. Her sisters were Betty, Ena, Helen and Joan and her brothers, Alfie and Fred.
Like so many other families, growing up in Ipswich during the depression years of the 1920’s and 30’s wasn’t easy however Olive had a lovely childhood with her siblings. They enjoyed daytrips on the train to Felixstowe during the summer months as well as rambles down to Piper’s Vale or swimming in the river Gipping.
One time whilst at the river, Olives brother Alfie –who enjoyed a joke – was standing knee deep in the river when he said to Olive “come on Ollie, jump in, it’s not deep” “are you sure Alfie” said Olive “yes” replied Alfie “it’s ok to jump in”. As soon as Olive jumped in her whole body went completely under the water as Alfie was standing on top of a hidden pole and the water was much deeper. Alfie had to jump in and rescue his sister where after pulling her onto the riverbank a none too happy Olive proceeded to tell him off!!!
At the end of the 1930’s world war two came, Alfie and Fred went off to war in the army with only Fred returning, Alfie sadly losing his life in Holland. After the turmoil of the war years Olive married and settled down with Edward Klammer – Ted as he was known to most. They were blessed with three sons – Paul and Peter who were both born in Suffolk and Nigel who was born after the family moved to Bradfield in North Essex.