Born: 1918, Ipswich.
Died: 4th March 1944; age 25.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5830523.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion – Infantry.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Gertrude Hannah Thurston, of Wherstead, Suffolk.
Father: Frank Thurston, born Camberwell, London – died 1936, Ipswich.
Mother: Gertrude Hannah Thurston (nee Shimmings), born September 1888, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Cyril was living with his widowed mother and brothers at their family home – 49, The Street, Wherstead, Suffolk.
Gertrude, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Charles Henry W. Thurston, a General Labourer – Iron, born September 1912, Ipswich.
Victor Thurston, at School, born February 1927, Ipswich.
September 1939: On the outbreak of war the Battalion was in India and at Mhow.
November 1939: It moved up North Western Frontier to the Razmak. For three years they were engaged against the tribesmen in the Tochi Valley and in internal security.
October 1943: The Battalion joined 123rd Indian Infantry Brigade and took part in the Burma campaign including the Arakan and Imphal.