Private 6096376 1/7th Battalion The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
Died 13 October 1943 aged 28
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Remembered on the Cassion Memorial in Italy
Gurney was the son of William and Eva Crowther.
Gurney and his older brother William were admitted to Heathcote School 24 October 1921 and left the district in November. Their address was given as 2 Argrave Villas and Mrs West was recorded as their parent or guardian. They had previously attended Ash Walsh Memorial School. Gurney's date of birth was given as 17 January 1915.
Electoral registers record that William Edward and Eveline Ellen Crowther lived at Young's Farm / Young's Farm Cottages 1918-1936. In 1937 the family lived in 3 Council Houses Shawfield Road.
In March 1944 probate was granted to William Robert Crowther, ordnance department flagman, and his address was given as 3 Council Houses Shawfield Road. Gurney's effects were valued at £278 18s 6d. The 1945 electoral register records that William ER Crowther lived at 3 Council Houses with Evelyn E Crowther.
Mrs Crowther still lived at 3 Council Houses, Shawfield Road when she wrote to Ash Parish Council in August 1947 giving particulars of her son for the War Memorial. Gurney's brother ER Crowther was living at 19 Shawfield Road when he wrote to the council in 1951. He stated that his brother had been killed in action in North Africa.