Cyril is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.
Image from 7th March 1945 Evening Star newspaper.
Born: 5th October 1912, Ipswich.
Died: 17th February 1945; age: 32; KiA whilst a stretcher bearer.
Residence: 53, High Street, Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Occupation: a Manager of Messrs. Potter’s Ltd., of Thetford and Brandon – Wine & Spirit Merchants. Formerly employed for 7 years with grocer’s – Messrs. Limmer & Pipe, Ltd., Buttermarket, Ipswich.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 5781094.
Regiment: Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 1st Battalion.
Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest son of Ernest George & May Scurrell, of 28, Chenery Street, Ipswich; husband of Ada Scurrell, of Brandon, Suffolk.
Cousin to FREDERICK ALFRED BARDWELL.
Father: Ernest George Scurrell, born June 1883, Henley, Suffolk. A Barman.
Mother: May Scurrell (nee Crisp), born May 1880, Nottinghamshire.
Cyril attended Ipswich Central School.
In 1935, Ipswich, Cyril married Ada Flegg Turner, born May 1906, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Cyril was a Manager – Wine Store. He and Ada were living at their home – 53, High Street, Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Probate to Stanley Herbert Brand, a Railway Signalman, of ‘Box View’ High Street, Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 1st Battalion.
The 1st Battalion landed in Normandy on 24 June 1944 with the 53rd (Welsh) Division. On 25 June Operation Epsom took place, the objective of taking the town of Caen. The Germans counter-attacked, the 1st Battalion moved to positions around the Odon bridgehead where it suffered from heavy German artillery fire.
9th July Operation Charnwood 1st Battalion’s first major engagement successful attack to capture the village of Cahier and a nearby mill.
The battalion later fought in the Second Battle of the Odon. In August it took part in an advance towards Falaise, known as Operation Totalize. The battalion also captured Pierrefitte during the operation to close the Falaise pocket.
The 1st Battalion, then took part in the advance east, entering Belgium in early September.
17 September Operation Market Garden and took part in the ground operation in support of the airborne corridor to Arnhem. The 1st Battalion advanced with the 71st Infantry Brigade to the Wilhelmina canal.
1st Battalion were involved in operations around the Lower Maas that took place during October and November, including forcing the enemy from its position holding a bridgehead over the River Maas, west of Roermond.
16 December 1944 Battle of the Bulge,1st Battalion with the 53rd (Welsh) Division moved to Belgium.
February 1945 the 1st Battalion took part in Operation Veritable (the Battle of the Reichswald) The assault on the Reichswald Forest. 1st Battalion were involved in heavy fighting against German paratroopers and armour at the village of Asperberg.