Edward Whur MC, Essex Regt

1888 Jan/Mar Born Rochord, Essex

1901 census at 14, Hamlet Road, Prittlewell, Southend

1911 census at 38, Hamlet Road, Prittlewell

1906 Dec 10. 4th Volunteer Battalion, The Essex Regiment; Edward Whur, gentleman , to be Second Lieutenant

1907 Dec 1. 4th Volunteer Battalion, The Essex Regiment; The undermentioned second lieutenants to be Lieutenants:— E. Whur.

1909 Jan 1. 7th Essex appoints Lt E Whur from 1st Essex Volunteer Regt to Lt with same date and seniority as with 1st Vol. Regt

1911 census at Winters Southchurch Southend on Sea

1914 Jul/Sep Married at Forehoe, Norfolk to Gwynnedd Elliot Brook

1914 Aug 5. 7th Battalion, The Essex Regiment; the undermentioned Second Lieutenants to be Lieutenants. Edward Whur, from the Territorial Force Reserve.

1915 Jan/Mar Daughter Josephine G Whur born Staines, London. His daughter Josephine married an Australian engineer who was working at a sugar refinery in Uganda which is where they were living when he died. Josephine died about 2000 and she was buried alongside Edward Whur In Kisumu Kenya

1915 Aug 11. Lands in Gallipoli.

1916 Jun 3. MC gazetted. Lt. (temp. Capt.) Edward Whur, Essex R., T.F.. The MC was for his efforts in leading a party of his men on 16/17 September 1915 at Hill 60, to take down a barricade and re erect closer to the Turks opposing barricade some 17 yards or so distant, and establishing a bombing post to give pressure to the Turks who had been active in their own bombing pursuits.

1916 Apr 30. Lt. E. Whur to be temp. Capt.

1917 Feb 15 Gazetted Russian Order of White Eagle, 5th class (with swords) Lieutenant (temporary Captain) Edward Whur, M.C., Essex Regiment.

1919 Feb 12. Demobilised from Essex Regt

1920 Aug 3. Joined ADRIC with service no 71. Posted to B Coy . His grandson wrote My mother told me that Edward was in the ADRIC and told me that he was put on a hit list by the IRA

1920 Sep 18. Promoted Platoon Commander

1920 Jul/Sep. Son born Blean, Kent. Anthony E Whur. The young child died in Dublin Jan/Mar 1921

1921 Feb 4. Reverts to T/Cadet at own request, posted to Depot

1921 May 14 Posted to O Coy

1921 Aug 12. Re-engaged in ADRIC for further contract

1921 Dec 15 Relinquishes his commission. 7th Bn., Essex . Capt. E. Whur, M.C.

1922 Jan 16. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Jun 1. Capt. E. Whur, late 7th Bn., Essex R., resigns the rank of Capt., which he was permitted to retain in the London Gazette of 15th Dec. 1921, on enlistment in the ranks

1922 Jun 1 Enlists in Tank Corps

1925 May 25. E. Whur, M.C., formerly Capt., 7th Bn. Essex E., is re-granted the rank of Capt. which he resigned on enlistment into the ranks. He bought himself out for £60, having reached L/Cpl

1929 Jul 17 He and his wife and 14 year old daughter Josephine leave UK on SS Usarmo bound for Mombassa. He is a "farm manager". They are living in Kenya. His UK address is Brookside, Dorking, Surrey

From his daughter's description they became settlers and bought a farm up in the north of Kenya near Kitai but were not very successful at it and eventually had to sell it and moved to Kisumu where they died. Edward Whur was ADC to the then Prince of Wales when he visited East Africa in th early 30s.

1935 Aug 13. Resigns from his commission in Kenya Defence Force.

1937 Nov 21. His wife died in Kisumu, Kenya. He is already dead at this date. They seem to have been living in Lugazy, Uganda. The family think they both died very close together and were buried in a church yard in Kisumu on the banks of Lake Victoria. Their grave is now under waters of the lake because of a dam built in Uganda raised the level of lake Victoria and drowned the grave yard.

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