Born: 1871, St. Mary Elms, Ipswich.

Died: 23rd June 1916; age 47; KiA.

Date of Entry Therein: 17th April 1915 – France.

Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 19322

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 127th Battery, 29th Brigade.

Previously served 10 years & 6 months with the colours, & 18 months Reserve – service number 87074.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

Grave Reference:


Sucrerie Military Cemetery,


Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Lydia Maria Hurren, of 58, Gibson Street, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.


1881   St. John’s Home for Boys & Girls, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich

Joseph was 8 years old, and he and his siblings were together as Inmates at the Workhouse School.

John Hurren, 10, born Ipswich.

Rose Hurren, 5, born Ipswich.

Esther Matilda Hurren, 2, born Union Workhouse, Ipswich.

St John’s Children’s Home:

A separate home for pauper children was first proposed by Ipswich Union in around 1870. This was an unusual step for non-metropolitan unions at this time, and may have been the result of space shortage at the Great Whip Street workhouse. Plans were produced in 1871 and 1873 for a long building with a central block flanked by separate wings containing boys’ and girls’ accommodation. The building, eventually erected at Bloomfield Street in 1879, accommodated 80 boys and 50 girls. The boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service. A small infirmary was later added.

In 1881, Joseph’s mother was in the Union Workhouse away from her children.

Emma Hurren (nee Leech), 35, a Washwoman, born Ipswich.

1911   2, Dale Court, Cox Lane, Ipswich.

Joseph was 40 years old, a Labourer – Coal Yard – Coal Merchant. He was married & Head of the Household.

Lydia, 35.

John, 7.

Lily, 6.

Joseph’s father was John Hurren, born 1836, a Mariner.

On the 18th January 1872, he was recorded in the Port of Liverpool Registry, as 35 years old, an Able Seaman on the ‘Agnes Jack’ he had previously served on the ‘Brittany’. He expected to leave the ship in February 1872, Cork.

In 1907, Ipswich Joseph married Lydia Maria Whyman, born November 1876, Maidstone, Kent.

They had 2 children:

John Charles William Hurren, born September 1903, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Lily Matilda Hurren, born October 1904, Ipswich.

Soldiers’ Effects to Lydia M. Hurren – widow.


Royal Field Artillery, 127th Battery, 29th Brigade:

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  • Hi my name is June Griffiths and my mother was Amy Elizabeth Hurren, Joseph was her grandfathers brother. Any other information that you could gives us on the hurrens i would be very grateful for especially on josephs father John who possibly drowned as a mariner on the Agnes Jack, i am assuming this the reason the family went into the workhouse


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