Gurney, GEORGE 1 2

Birth Name Gurney, GEORGE
Nick Name (Grandad)
Gender male
Age at Death 82 years, 10 months, 14 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1885-05-03 Tring, Berkhamstead Registration District, Hertfordshire, England  
Event Note

Probable confirmation BMD Index, listed as Berkhamsted not Tring.

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Christening 1890-11-05 Watford, Hertfordshire, England  
Event Note

Christened at 5, parents James and Anna.

4a
Christening 1888-01-30 Watford, Hertfordshire, England ?? VRI-BI
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Residence 1891 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 2 Ballard Building
Event Note

1891 Census  of England:
Gurney:  James 42, Emma 38, Hannah 11,  James 8, George 5, Joseph 6 months.  
Occupation: James (Snr): General Labourer.
Born: All - Tring, Herts, except Joseph, born in Watford, Herts.
It is a stand-alone dwelling - 2 Ballard Building, St Mary's, Watford.

They have six lodgers: Rafe Smith 25, General Labourer, and William and Ann Young and  their three children.

Files: 1891EnglandCensusFor JamesGurney.jpg and 1891EnglandCensusForGeorgeGurney.jpg.

Note: An overseas researcher, Julie Simmons, with Gurney family links say that Ballards Building was “One of the worst slums in the town, over crowded.” and resultingly unhealthy. When we see that James and Emma have six lodgers it lends weight to the suggestion. [“julesi” in the Simmons Family Tree – http://www.ancestry.co.uk and http://www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk/data/answers/answers-2006/ans6-021-simmonds.htm . See also article: http://www.hertsmemories.org.uk/page_id__544.aspx from which the map is sourced.] - SJL

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Residence 1901 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 1 Fearnley St
Event Note

1901 Census  of England:
Gurney:  Hannah aged 21, single, head of household, James 17, George 15, Joseph 10; and Mary Ann Searfield, 21, Boarder, living at 1 Fearnley St, Watford, a stand-alone dwelling.
Born: Hannah, James, George - Tring, Herts; Joseph - Watford, Herts; Mary Ann - Luton, Beds.
Occupation: Hannah and May Ann - Laundry Maids; James - Carman [carter]

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Residence 1911 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 8 Liverpool Road
Event Note

1911 Census  of England:
Gurney: George 25. Boarding with the Henry Woollaston family at 8 Liverpool Road, Watford.

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Occupation 1911 Watford, Hertfordshire, England "Carman" - carting contractor
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Marriage 1911-12-26 Watford, Hertfordshire, England Rose Horwood
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Military Service 1914-1918    
Source text

page 157:

"Gurney, G., Private, R.A.V.C.
Volunteering in 1914, he was drafted in the same year to Egypt and Palestine, where he did valuable work in many important engagements. He afterwards proceeded to Salonika and was engaged on important duties with his unit until the close of the war. He was demobilised in April 1919 after returning home, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
18, Banbury Street, Watford. X3354"

Transcribed by SJL; George Gurney WW1 Service gb1359-00164.jpg

NB Other Gurneys on page and on Other Gurneys WWI Service gb1359-00163.jpg

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Military Service 1915-12-11   Army Veterinary Corps
Event Note

"Re My Dad and WW1 as far as I know he was in the Army Veterinary Corp for there was teasing about having won a VC!!!! Certainly was in N Africa but where else I have no idea. Sounds like looking after health of the animals and even just getting them fed and watered was quite a problem. and treating injuries another field plus disposing of them." ref 130814EJL

Event Note

Gurney, George AVC [Army Veterinary Corps] Pvte SE 12875

Medal             Role                               Page
Victory            RAVC/101B20            1049
British             do                                  do          [=ditto]
Star                RAVC/6B                     470         [NB the number '15' is written before 'Star']

Theatre of War first served in: II
Date of entry therein: 11-12-15

[Transcribed from Medals Card - SJL]

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Residence 1915 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 18 Banbury Street
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Residence 1937-06-04 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 79 Hagden Lane
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Occupation 1937-06-04 Watford, Hertfordshire, England Railway Accountancy Clerk
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Residence 1939-09-29 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 17b Kelmscott Close
 
Occupation 1939-09-29   Road Contractors [sic] Foreman (Heavy Works)
Event Note

Far right column has a reference #: PWC 752/40810

 
Death 1968-03-17 Watford, Hertfordshire, England  
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Parents

Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Gurney, JAMES
Mother Simmons, EMMA
    Sister     Gurney, Hannah/Annie
    Brother     Gurney, [Living]
         Gurney, GEORGE
    Brother     Gurney, Joseph
    Sister     Gurney, ?Ethel
    Sister     Gurney, ?Rose

Families

    Family of Gurney, GEORGE and Horwood, ROSE
Married Wife Horwood, ROSE
  Children
  1. Gurney, [Living]
  2. Gurney, [Living]
  3. Gurney, Vera Rosalie
  4. Gurney, Margaret Eleanor
  5. Gurney, Edward George
  6. Gurney, Gwendoline Joyce
  7. Gurney, Kenneth Ronald

Media

Narrative

"Somewhere in history the Gurneys were related to Elizabeth Fry (nee Gurney)." Vera Stuart in GFV2

Narrative

The Norwoods in Euston Ave, Watford were cousins of Dad's as was Lizzie French who was in Chester Road after moving from Tring." Vera Stuart in GFV2

in GFV1 it says "Euston Ave (bicycle shop)".... "moving from Tring."

Pedigree

  1. Gurney, JAMES
    1. Simmons, EMMA
      1. Gurney, [Living]
      2. Gurney, ?Ethel
      3. Gurney, ?Rose
      4. Gurney, Hannah/Annie
      5. Gurney, GEORGE
        1. Horwood, ROSE
          1. Gurney, [Living]
          2. Gurney, Vera Rosalie
          3. Gurney, Margaret Eleanor
          4. Gurney, Edward George
          5. Gurney, Gwendoline Joyce
          6. Gurney, Kenneth Ronald
          7. Gurney, [Living]
      6. Gurney, Joseph

Ancestors

Source References

  1. Gurney Family - Vera Stuart via EJL
  2. Gurney Family by Vera Stuart
  3. England Wales Free BMD Birth/Marriage/Death Index 1837-1915
      • Page: Births Registered in April, May, and June 1885, pg 219; EnglandWalesFreeBMDBirthIndex1837-1915ForGeorgeGurney.jpg
  4. England & Wales Christening Records 1530-1906
      • Citation:

        Birthdate 3 May 1885

  5. Vital Records Index - British Isles
      • Page: FHL Film 1537915
  6. 1891 Census of England
      • Page: Herts/Watford/St Marys/pg14; 1891EnglandCensusForGeorgeGurney.jpg
  7. 1911 Census of England - see Event Note for details
      • Page: Watford/Watford St Mary/pg 1; 1901EnglandCensusForHannah James George Joseph Gurney.jpg
      • Page: Watford/140/Watford/19/149/7717; 1911EnglandCensusForGeorgeGurney.jpg
      • Page: Watford/140/Watford/19/149/7717; 1911EnglandCensusForGeorgeGurney.jpg
  8. National Roll of the Great War
      • Page: pg 157
      • Confidence: High
      • George Gurney: 1914-1 Star, General Service Medal, Victory Medal (colloquially known as “Pip, Squeak, and Wilfred”)
      • Source text:

        page 157:

        "Gurney, G., Private, R.A.V.C.
        Volunteering in 1914, he was drafted in the same year to Egypt and Palestine, where he did valuable work in many important engagements. He afterwards proceeded to Salonika and was engaged on important duties with his unit until the close of the war. He was demobilised in April 1919 after returning home, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
        18, Banbury Street, Watford. X3354"

        Transcribed by SJL; George Gurney WW1 Service gb1359-00164.jpg

        NB Other Gurneys on page and on Other Gurneys WWI Service gb1359-00163.jpg

  9. 130814 email from Edna Leader re Military Service.txt
  10. British Army WWI Medal Roles 1914-1920
      • Page: Reg # SE 12875; BritishArmyWWIMedalRollsIndexCards1914-1920ForGurneyGeorge.jpg
  11. Ancestry.com.au
      • Page: WakemanPJ - owner Stuart FT; George Gurney - Overview - Ancestry.com.au.htm
  12. England Wales Death Index 1916-2007
      • Page: Jan Feb March 1968, GUN-GUT, 4B 523; EnglandWalesDeathIndex1916-2007ForGeorgeGurney.jpg
  13. E J Leader - Addressbook