Thomas is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Image courtesy of John Lay-Flurrie

Born: 1884, Mistley, Essex.

Died: 4th November 1914; age 30; KiA.

Residence: Rose Lane, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Goods Porter – Great Eastern Railway – since October 1909.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th August 1914 – France.

Rank: Sapper; Service Number: 15738.

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 3rd Signal Coy, First Army Head Quarters.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

Grave Reference:


Ypres Town Cemetery Extension,




1901   Mistley, Essex.

Thomas was 17 years old, and a Mate on board sailing barge ‘Echo’ – coasting trade. Master – 31 year old, Samuel E. Carter.

Cook – 15 year old, Arthur Finch had gone ashore.

1911  4, Rose Lane, Ipswich.

Thomas was 27 years old, a Great Eastern Railway Goods Porter. He was married and Head of the Household.

Ellen, 23.

Thomas, 4.

Ethel, 2.

Ellen, 9 months.

Father: Thomas Lay Flurrie, born May 1851, Mistley, Essex. A Seaman – Merchant Service.

Mother: Sarah Anne Lay Flurrie (nee Scott (1st marriage Nunn)), born 1853, Holton, Suffolk – died 1887, Mistley, Essex.

On the 6th March 1910, at The Register Office, Ipswich, 27 year old, Thomas, a Bargeman, married 21 year old, Ellen Maud Green, born 1888, Ipswich. Both of Fisk’s Court, Lower Orwell Street, Ipswich.

They had 3 children:

Thomas John E. Green Flurrie, born December 1906, Ipswich.

Ethel Maud Green Flurrie, born 1908, Ipswich – died 1918, Ipswich.

Ellen Margaret Flurrie, born August 1910, Ipswich.

Soldiers’ Effects to Ellen Maud Flurrie – widow.

Thomas’s step brother, Reginald Maurice Lay-Flurrie also lost his life during the First World War. Reginald was ranked a Private, service number 127188, for the Machine Gun Corps, 6th Battalion, when he was Killed in Action on the 21st March 1918, aged 19. Reginald is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Thomas is remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street, London, and Thomas and step brother Reginald are remembered on the Mistley war memorial, Essex.

Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society

Tom Flurrie 2002

Mistley War Memorial

On the 20th November 1912, Thomas’s 47 year old, paternal uncle Alfred Lay Flurrie, of Mistley, Essex, sustained a fatal injury whilst at work. The Leicester Mail – 20th November 1912Alfred Lay Flurrie, while fixing a belt in his employer’s malting works, was caught by the machinery and whirled round with great velocity. His body was torn in two at the waist and the upper part hurled through a window, falling on a quay 35 feet below.

At the inquest – the evidence showed that the deceased put the belt on the pulley while the engine was running at full speed; that there no necessity for putting the belt on in that way, the rule at the works was that the belt should first be put on a loose pulley, and gradually worked on to the fast.

The Coroner, Dr. John Harrison, in summing up, said deceased had doubtless done this so many times that he thought there was no danger. No fault could be found with the machinery.

Alfred had been employed with the firm Messrs. Free, Rodwell, Co. Malting Works, Mistley for 23 years, and was a most sober and trustworthy man.

The jury handed their fees to the widow.

Thomas’s sister, Ada Scott (nee Flurrie), born August 1887, Mistley, died of Influenza on the 6th December 1918, at Weeley, Essex. On the 2nd December Ada had given birth to her daughter Mary Scott, sadly baby Mary died on the 8th December.

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