Sturges, Edward Eric


He was born in London, the son of of Edward Murray Sturges, (H, 1873-1877) and Eliza Sturges (daughter of Richard Grice of Melbourne) of Barkham Square, Wokingham. He entered Winchester from Bigshotte Rayles School in Wokingham and left to go to Lancing College in Sussex. It is believed he became a railway engineer.

He enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regiment as a private but later transferred to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and went to France in 1915, where the battalion saw action at the Battle of Loos. Almost exactly a year later, on 25th September 1916, they were involved in an attack at Gueudecourt with the objective of taking a German trench. Soon after the attack they were forced to take cover in a line of shell holes in front of the German line, and it was during this action that Sturges was killed, caught in enemy machine gun fire.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Sturges
  • Forenames or initials: Edward Eric
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1902-1903
  • Rank: Private
  • Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • Date of Birth: 6th May 1888
  • Date of Death: 25th September 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panel and Face 11C and 12A of the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL