Born: 8th December 1897, Holy Trinity, Norwich, Norfolk.

Died: 17th February 1917. aged 19.

Enlistment Location: 10th August 1914.

Rank: Private; Service Number: Ch/19848

Regiment: Royal Marine Light Infantry, 1st R.M. Battalion. Royal Naval Division.


Grave Reference:


Queen’s Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,





1901   34, St. Stephen’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk.


William was 3 years old and living with his parents & sister.

James Hurn, 34, a Licensed Victualler – own account, born Norwich.

Ethel Edith Hurn (nee Johnson), born Croydon, Surrey.

Doris Hurn, 4, born Holy Trinity, Norwich.


1911   61, Kemball Street, Ipswich.


William was 13 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

James, 43, a carpenter – Building Trade.

Ethel, 38.

Doris, 14, a Day Girl.

Bessie Madeline Hurn, 8, born Norwich.

Irene Hurn, 4, born Ipswich.

DOUGLAS ARTHUR ALBERT PHILLIPS from Ipswich, the same battalion and killed on the same day

Royal Marine Light Infantry, 1st R.M. Battalion:

The Battle of Miraumont by the royal Naval Division including the Royal Marine Light Infantry took place during one of the coldest periods of the winter with frozen ground easy to cross muddy no man’s land, however the temperature increased and the ground became muddy. The Germans had noticed troop movements had increased and laid a large bombardment on the British lines. At 05:00 a.m. the 1st Battalion RMLI were hit by the German barrage suffering 50% casualties before the attack had begun. At 05:45 a.m. they advanced taking the German Sunken lane position by 06:40 with little casualties, they had taken the objective. On the morning of the offensive the 1st Battalion had estimated 500 men in the field, by the end of the day they had just 100 men fit for duty, most being killed or wounded during the German bombardment before the attack.



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