Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
7 Aug 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Pte Harry Isaac Hurry, 238022, 12th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was killed in action on August 7th, 1917, although an officer at the Front gave the date as August 8th.
Along with his brother Archie Oliver Hurry, Harry enlisted March 1917. The brothers not only had consecutive service numbers (Archie was 238021) in the Middlesex Regiment, they also married on the same day - May 21st, 1917, at Christ Church - at the end of nine weeks training and before they were drafted out to France.
Prior to enlistment Harry was employed as an engineer at Vauxhall Motors. He had married Elsie May Giles and they were living at 56 Princess Street, Luton.
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 killed in action just days after his brother - on August 16th, 1917. Both newly-wed widows remarried - Elsie in 1920 to Horace Plater, and Lily in 1925 to George Asker.
Harry is commemorated on both the Luton and Vauxhall War Memorials.