Photograph courtesy of Sarah.

Sidney is remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich.

Born: 16th August 1910, Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.

Died: 6th April 1945; age: 35.

Residence: 13, Holland Road, Ipswich.

Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.

Rank: Fusilier; Service Number: 1642356.

Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 4/5th Battalion – Infantry.

Grave Reference:


Reichswald Forest War Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of E.M. Spurling, of Ipswich.


1911   The Street, Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.

Sidney was 7 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas James Spurling, 53, a Roadman – East Suffolk County Council, born Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Spurling (nee Wade), 48, born Akenham, Suffolk.

William James Spurling, 23, a Gardener – Domestic, born Rushmere St. Andrew.

Arthur Thomas Spurling, 16, a Cowman – on a Farm, born Rushmere St. Andrew.

Ida Mary Spurling, 12, born Rushmere St. Andrew.

Charlie Henry Spurling, 10, born Rushmere St. Andrew.

Edith May Spurling, 5, born Rushmere St. Andrew.

Both Sidney’s parents, Thomas James Spurling and Mary Ann Spurling died in 1932, Rushmere St. Andrew.

In 1939, Deben, Suffolk, Sidney married Edith Maud T. Thomas, born June 1911, Ipswich.

They had 1 son:

David Spurling, born July 1943, Ipswich.


Sidney was a Painter & Decorator – Journeyman. He and Edith were living at their home – 13, Holland Road, Ipswich.

Sidney is also remembered on the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.

Royal Scots Fusiliers, 4/5th Battalion

4/5th Battalion:
The Battalion was part of 156th Infantry Brigade, 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division.
Mid June 1940: Was sent to France in an unsuccessful attempt to form a second British Expeditionary Force
Late June 1940: All units were evacuated during ‘Operation Ariel’.
September 1944: Involved in the North-West Europe theatre.
January 1945: Took part in codename ‘Operation Blackcock‘ clearing of the Roer Triangle formed by the towns of Roermond, Sittard and Heinsberg. The operation was carried out under command of the XII Corps.

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