MURKIN, Stanley Charles Percy

No.G/25920, Private, Stanley Charles Percy MURKIN
Aged 19

10th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Died of his Wounds on Wednesday, 17th April 1918

Stanley Charles Percy Murkin was born in Wickhambrook on 18th April 1899 (Risbridge Q2-1899 4A:818), baptised in Wickhambrook on 6th August 1899, son of George William and Rosanna MURKIN (née HURST).

1901 census...Aged 2, he was at Coltsfoot Green, Wickhambrook with his father George MURKIN [41] farm labourer; his mother Rosanna [40]; sister Jessie [12]; brother Willie [6] and cousin Willie HURST [6]. All were born in Wickhambrook. The surname has been entered as Murking.

He was admitted to Wickhambrook School on 27th June 1904, whilst living at Blacksmith's Hill, and left school on 15th April 1913.

1911 census...Aged 11, he was at Victoria Cottage, Wickhambrook with his parents and brother Arthur (general labourer).

His cousin, William Hurst, was killed in 1918 in Belgium see here

He enlisted in Bury St Edmunds and served less than one year.
Dying of his wounds, and no service record being found, it is impossible to say exactly where or when he was wounded. However, being that close to Ypres where his battalion were engaged, the entry the battalion war diary may explain some of it. It appear the sector was quite for most of that month , most casualties being men poisoned by gas the next day when working near shell holes. Eyes and throat chiefly affected and sickness generally only lasted 3 days. Casualties for 17th-30th were 3 killed, 3 died of wounds, 9 wounded, and 16 gassed.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Stanley Murkin is buried in Brandhoek New Military No 3 Cemetery, grave 2:O:14

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