John Thomas Gurney. Lance Corporal. 1st Btn Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 25th April 1915.
John Thomas was the son of James & Minnie Priscilla Gurney, he was born December Qtr 1884 in Catthorpe Leicestershire. James was born in Rugby and became a cattleman and herdsman in Catthorpe Leics. He later returned to live in Rugby.
John was the eldest of 6 children, only 3 were to survive to 1911. He helped his father on the farm and in 1901 aged 16 he was recorded a “Cowman on Farm” in Catthorpe.
By 1911, John now aged 25 years and single, had enlisted in the Army, the 1st Btn Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and was serving in India and Ceylon, with the rank of Lance Corporal. Reg No 316. John died 25th April 1915 aged 31 years.
He is Remembered With Honours in The New Irish Farm Cemetery. West Vlaanderen Belgium. Known to the troops as “Irish Farm” and contained 54 soldiers, later to be enlarged as time passed.
He was awarded 3 medals; Victory Medal, British Medal and Clasp. Qualifying date 19th September 1915. Killed in Action.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM