Born: 6th April 1919, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
Died: 21st January 1940; age: 21; MPK.
Residence: 37, Kings Way, Ipswich.
Rank: Ordinary Seaman; Service Number: P/SSX 30744.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Exmouth’
Panel 40, Column 1.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alfred John & May Ethel Hurren, of 37, Kings Way, Ipswich.
Father: Alfred John Hurren, born September 1893, Ipswich. A Radiator Fitter.
Mother: May Ethel Hurren (nee Webb), born March 1894, St. John’s, Ipswich.
Reginald is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Augustine of Hippo, Ipswich.
On the outbreak of war H.M.S Exmouth was assigned to the home fleet. In September 1939 she was an escort for the Battle cruiser H.M.S hood in the South Iceland waters, hunting for German vessels attacking Commercial shipping.
By January she was transferred to North Sea, escorting merchant ship Cyprian Prince when she was spotted by U-22 and torpedoed and sank at 05:35hrs within 3 minutes. The merchant ship carried on its journey as it was too dangerous to pick up survivors. All hands were lost. 18 bodies were later washed up near Wick Scotland.