Arthur William SPURR

SPURR, Arthur William

Service Number: 617
Enlisted: 26 August 1914, Kensington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Honeysuckle Point, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 4 August 1891
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Cook's Hill Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 22 July 1915, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cook's Hill Superior Public School , Newcastle (Gardner Memorial) War Memorial, Newcastle Congregational Church
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World War 1 Service

26 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 617, Kensington, New South Wales
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 617, 4th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 617, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 617, 4th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
An Original Anzac memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

107 years ago today, on the 22nd July 1915, Private Arthur William Spurr, 4th Battalion (Reg No-617), farmer and blacksmith from 753 Hunter Street, Newcastle, New South Wales, was Killed in Action (shot by sniper), age-24.

Born at Newcastle, (Honeysuckle Point) New South Wales on the 4th August 1891 to Hartley (died 14.7.1950) of 121 Kemp Street, Hamilton South, N.S.W. and Rachel (died 19.5.1945) Spurr of 75 Kemp Street, Hamilton South, N.S.W., Arthur enlisted August 1914 at Kensington, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 9.5.1915 (dysentery).
Arthur is resting at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. Plot I Row C Grave 10.

Mr. Spurr’s name has been inscribed on the Cooks Hill Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Gardner Memorial, Book of Gold, Newcastle Central Methodist Mission Roll of Honour, Hamilton Methodist Church (Maitland Road) Roll of Honour, also called the Hamilton Wesley Church Roll of Honour (photo, unveiled on the 6th February 1916, 14 names originally inscribed, 16 names now inscribed, 3 Fallen), Newcastle Lodge No. 423 or 425 Ancient Order of Druids Roll of Honour and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

The large gravesite of the Spurr family tells us of the supreme sacrifice of their son during The Great War. METHODIST 2 (PRIMITIVE) 2 NW. 45.

Younger brother George William (1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, Reg No-18, born 1895, died 9.2.1970) resting same location.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

Lest We Forget.