ERIC WALTER DURRANT

Born: 1897, Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Died: 2:35pm, 11th February 1919; age: 22; Died of Broncho Pneumonia – J8 Ward, Military Hospital, Magdalen Camp, Winchester, Hampshire. Served 3 years & 17 days.

Next of Kin notified on that day.

Residence: Highcliffe, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 26th January 1916; Age: 18 years & 11 months; Occupation: Market Gardener. Sign up for the Duration of the War. Next of Kin: mother – The Vineries, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich (later Highcliffe, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk. Height: 5ft 10ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & brown hair.

 

Embarked – Folkestone – 9th September 1916

Disembarked – Boulogne – 9th September 1916.

Service:

Home: 26th January 1916 – 7th June 1916.

France: 8th June 1916 – 1st January 1918.

Home: 2nd January 1918 – 26th April 1918.

France: 27th April 1918 – 5th June 1918.

Home: 6th June 1918 – granted a furlough from 30th August 1918 – 9th September 1918 – 11th February 1919.

 

Wounded on the 20th May 1918 – Gun Shot Wound – Chest Haemothorax.

 

Hospital:

Eastern General Hospital, Brighton – 3rd January 1918 – 18th February 1918 – Bronchitis.

The King George Hospital, London – 7th June 1918 – 19th July 1918 – Gun Shot Wound Chest – left – penetrating Haemothorax.

Patient transferred to Cliffe Military Hospital on the 19th July 1918. To leave Liverpool Street Station by the 3:10pm train. Orderly to accompany to station and see off in train from The King George Hospital, Stamford Street, London.

Cliffe Barrack Military Hospital, Felixstowe – 19th July 1918 – 31st August 1918 – 44 days. X-Ray on the 25th July 1918 showed Foreign Bodies under rib at front – depth 3/4 inch.

Magdalen Camp Hospital, Winchester, Hampshire – 13th January 1919 – 11th February 1919 – 31 days.

Body claimed by relatives and taken to Highcliffe, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk for burial.

 

Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 83042.

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 120 Heavy Battery, 2nd Reserve Battery.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

St. Peter & St. Paul Churchyard,

Felixstowe,

Suffolk.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   Rocksdale, Highfield Road, Walton, Suffolk.

 

Eric was 4 years old and living with his parents.

Walter Durrant, 34, a Sanitary Engineer – own account, born Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Mildred Dorcas Durrant (nee Butterworth), 28, born Ipswich.

 

Eric’s mother, Mildred re-married in 1907, Ipswich, to Alwin Joseph Adcock, born 1863 –  October 1908, Ipswich. A Market Gardener.

 

1911   2, Norfolk Villas, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

 

Eric was 14 years old, and living with his widowed mother, step siblings and the children from his mother’s late husband.

Mildred Adcock. 36, a Market Gardener – employer – at home.

Leonora Adcock, 21, born Ipswich.

Arthur Chevalier Adcock, 18, a Market Gardener, born Ipswich.

Percy Alwin Adcock, 12, born Ipswich.

Ruby Gertrude Adcock, 8, born Ipswich.

Koh-I-Noor Grickson Adcock, 5, born Ipswich.

Nancy Joyce Adcock, 2, born Ipswich.

 

Eric’s personal effects were sent to Highcliffe, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, on the 28th May 1919:

Photos, Gold Ring, Correspondence, Nail Clippers, Pocket Book, Razor, Razor Strap, Lather Brush & Cap Badge.

 

Mrs M.D. Adcock, of Woodall Cottage, Old Street, Haughley, Suffolk, applied for her late son’s medals on the 27th November 1926.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Mildred Dorcas Adcock – mother.

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