MURTON, William George Reginald

No.7898, Corporal, William George Reginald MURTON
Aged 25

2nd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment
Died of Illness on Tuesday, 6th November 1917

Born in Fornham St.Martin in 1892 (4th qtr 4a:693) son of Arthur Syer and Helen MURTON(née LACOCK)

His father died in 1893. His mother then married Anthony HARRIS in 1899.

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at The Dolphin Inn, Cannon Street, Bury St.Edmunds with his stepfather Anthony HARRIS [42] publican/iron turner; his mother Helen [45] born Ludham Norfolk; step-brothers William HARRIS [16]turner in foundry, Henry HARRIS [15] blacksmith, Thomas A HARRIS [6];step-sister May E HARRIS [7]; sisters Eliza H MURTON [18] and Selina F MURTON [15] both laundress and Edith M MURTON [12].All the MURTON siblings were born in Fornham St.Martin, the HARRIS family were all Bury St.Edmunds born.

His mother appears to have died in 1901.

1911 census...He has not been found in this census, but he was in the Army. Stepfather Anthony HARRIS was alone in Lawshall, May Elizabeth HARRIS was at Dr.Barnado's Home, Barkingside (house work), Thomas HARRIS was at Dr.Barnado's Home, Ratcliff

He enlisted in the Arny Reserves, 3rd Suffolks No.7905 at Bury St.Edmunds on 30th Septemnber 1908, discharged to join Regular Army.
He enlisted in Bury St.Edmund in Norfolk Regiment (No.7898) on 1st March 1909, giving his age as 18 years 3 months, a labourer born in Formham St.Martin, serving in the Special Reserve Force (3rd Suffolks). He was 5 feet 5.5 inches tall, weighed 113 lbs, chest 31 to 34 inches, hazel eyed, dark born hair, Church of England (changed on 15-4-1912 to Weslyan)
He joined at Norwich on 4th March, posted to 2nd Battalion on 8 Feb.1911, unpaid L/Cpl 13-2-1914, L/Cpl 12-11-1916, Corporal 13-3-1917.
Embarked on HT 'Baukura' at Bombay 25-11-1915, arrived Basra 2-12-1915. Admuitted to hospital Basra 25-5-1916, invalided per HS 'Madras' to India 30-5-1916, Admitted to 19 G.Hospital Alexandria ex Bomby 19-6-1916, Convalescence Depot Mustapha 12-7-1916- base depot Sidi Bishr 25-7-1916 - return to unit per HT 'Ceramic 4-6-1916 There followed further trips to hospital in Alexandria and Bombay before he was admitted to 27 CCS Baghdad with pneumonia on 2nd Oct 1917 and the following day admitted to 31 BSH Baghdad where he died on 6th November. Died in Mesopotamia from pneumonia 6th November 1917. Death notified to next of kin, his brother Arthur 7 Tayfen Road, Bury St.Edmunds.
Army Form 5050 completed in May 1919 by his brother Arthur gives living relatives as brother Arthur Edward MURTON [43] 7 Tayfen Road, Bury St.Edmunds, sisters Mrs (Mary) WILKINS [41]77 Chalk Lane, Bury St.Edmunds, Mrs (Celina)BUGG [33] 3 Tayfen Road, Mrs (Eliza)PERRY [35] and May MURTON [30] both of 7 Tayfen Road.

Whilst the current climate of political instability persists in Iraq,
a Roll of Honour listing all casualties buried and commemorated in Iraq has been produced.
These volumes are on display at the Commission's Head Office in Maidenhead.

William Murton is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery 16:F:8

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