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Date of Birth
Date of Death
16 Aug 1917
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Archie Oliver death Hurry, 238021, 12th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on July 16th, 1917. His brother Harry, with whom he enlisted, had died on the battlefield just a few days earlier.
There appears to be no record in Luton newspapers of Archie's death, although family announcements in May 1917 seem to indicate that both Archie and Harry married on the same day - May 21st, 1917, at Christ Church - Archie's bride being Lily May Tuffnell.
In a report of brother Harry's death, it was stated that he enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment in March 1917 and underwent nine weeks training before being drafted to France. The brothers presumable enlisted at the same time as Archie's service number is 238021 and Harry's 238022, and it would seem their marriages came just ahead of going to the Front.
Harry and Archie were among 11 children born to the late Isaac Hurry (died 1895, aged 38) and Clara (died 1912, aged 56). Five of the children had died by the age of one.
In 1911, the brothers were living with their mother, their sister Christina and brother William, at 10 Selbourne Road, Luton. Archie was described as an engineer's clerk.
The address given for Archie on the Luton Roll of Honour of 46 Grove Road, Luton, was where Lily's parents, Benjamin and Lizzie, were living at the time of his death.
Both newly-wed widows remarried - Elsie in 1920 to Horace Plater, and Lily in 1925 to George Asker.