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SPURRET, Walter George Blofeld

b.1900 -d.1934

Walter George Blofeld Spurrett was born on 17th February 1900, the son of Thomas Richard Spurrett (1851 – 1908) and Clara Debank (1872 – 1910). He was baptised on 15th August 1900 at St George’s Church, Bloomsbury.

On 22nd April 1905, Walter started school at the West London District School – Ashford School. This is not to be confused with the Ashford School of today. Older brother Albert and sister Catherine were already pupils at the school. Walter was there until 26th November 1913. 

Whilst a pupil there, both of his parents died. Firstly, his father Thomas on 20th April 1908 at Long Grove Asylum in Epsom, as a result of an internal haemorrhage, from a gastric ulcer. As yet, I have not discovered why he was in an Asylum in the first place. 

Soon after, Walter’s mother Clara married John George Grace, on 1st August 1908. Unfortunately, their married life did not last long as Clara died from cervical cancer on 1st October 1910. She had had it for three years.

1921

Our next information for Walter is the 1921 census. He is a soldier musician in the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, which was based at The Currah Camp, in Ireland. I have not found any helpful information regarding Walter’s enlistment. On Fold 3, there is a card regarding his Pension Ledger (1914 – 1923) for his Army service.

In the 1924, 1925 and 1926 on the Electoral Registers, Walter is living with his older sister Ann Clara and her husband Timothy Smith, at Mendip Place, Maysoule Road, Wandsworth.

Walter died at The Grove, Horton Lane on 2nd September 1934 from necrosis of the lower jaw, secondary to a dental abscess. There was a post mortem. On his death certificate, he is described as a street musician.

At this stage there is no other information available.


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