Spurway, George Vyvyan (1893-1918)

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    Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.

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    Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

    Details: George Vyvyan Spurway (1893-1918), born 11 January 1893, son of Rev. Edward Popham Spurway (rector of Heathfield, 1896-1914) and Gertrude Mary Popham (nee Bagnall), Heathfield Rectory, Taunton, Somerset; brother of Richard Popham Spurway (1890-1915).

    Attended Connaught House preparatory school, Weymouth.

    Attended Sherborne School (The Green) May 1907-December 1910; Longmuir Drawing prize 1910; 1st XV rugby football team 1910.

    Intended to train as an architect.

    WW1, Lieutenant in Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry), 9th (S.) Bn. Joined the Sportsman's Battalion in October 1914. Given a commission in the 6th Somerset Light Infantry in 1915; transferred to Machine Gun Corps. Went to France in August 1916 with 167th Machine Gun Company. Awarded the Military Cross in August 1917. Killed in an attack on Arras on 28 March 1918.

    Commemorated at:
    Arras Memorial, Bay 10 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1670844/SPURWAY,%20GE...

    Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.

    Obituary, The Shirburnian, June 1918: 'LIEUT. G.V. SPURWAY, M.C., M.G.C., aged 25, eldest surviving son of the late Rev. E.P. Spurway, was killed on March 28th. He was educated at Sherborne, where he was in the Rugby fifteen, and joined the Sportsmen's Battalion when it was formed. He was given a commission in the 6th Somerset L.I., and was afterwards attached to the M.G.C. He went to France in September 1916 and was awarded the M.C. last August. His company commander writes: 'The men would follow him anywhere, and no M.C. was more fully earned than his.'

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