|Death: ||Mar. 22, 1918|
Casualty of the Great War, Len was lost near Peronne and his body was never identified. He was a Serjeant in the 2nd Bn.Lincolnshire Regiment,Service No: 15630.
The British had advanced east to St. Quentin after the battle of the Somme in 1916, where 30,000 were killed on the first day. The German offensive of March 21, 1918 regained this ground and pushed the British as far back again from their original positions, in a nearly successful drive to reach Amiens.
The winter of 1917/1918 had been severe. At 5:00 a.m. on March 21, 1918, the Germans started a ferocious and sustained artillery bombardment of the British positions using high explosives and mustard gas shells. The British lines were overrun and a chaotic retreat ensued . Peronne lay just 15 miles to the west.At some point during the March battles, Acting Sgt. Len Spurr seems to have been captured by the enemy, but his body was never identified, hence the commemoration on the Pozieres Memorial.
He is remembered on the grave of his parents at Lincoln's Newport Cemetery. They were George Spurr, who was buried in Section L.27 New Ground on 9th February 1914 and Charlotte Spurr, nee Turner, who was buried in Section L.28 New Ground on 1st October 1954.(Both graves were purchased by Charlotte in February 1914.)
The 1901 census shows that Len and his family were living in Lincoln. His father, George, was a dairyman aged 45 and his mother, Charlotte, aged 44, was born in Barnetby, Lincolnshire. Len's siblings were:
Ernest Spurr 16
Ethel Spurr 15
Maud Spurr 12
Alice Spurr 10
Alfred Spurr 5 Months
Len's widowed mother Charlotte was granted administration of his will 20th December. The probate record of 1918 shows that Len had lived at 67 Burton Road, Lincoln and that the value of his effects was £141.7 shillings and 8 pence.
George Spurr (1858 - 1914)
Charlotte Turner Spurr (1858 - 1954)
Herbert Spurr (1880 - 1960)*
Len Spurr (1897 - 1918)
Departement de la Somme
Plot: Panel 23 and 24.
Maintained by: Ron Spurr
Originally Created by: International Wargraves ...
Record added: Oct 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16073599
Added: Mar. 9, 2012
In respectful memory to a hero of freedom.|
Added: Apr. 25, 2011