Other names: Albert Harold
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireFrance & FlandersTisbury, WiltshireMere, WiltshireRouen, FranceCamberwell, London
Story: Albert Harold Gurd was born in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, in 1893 and baptised at St. John the Baptist Church on 6 Aug 1893 the son of Sidney Gurd, a Blacksmith, and Susan Gurd (nee Brown). He lived most of his early life at Horse Hill Lane, Donhead St. Mary. He had enlisted with the Territorial Unit of the Wiltshire Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 1438). He was soon promoted to Shoeing Smith with the rank of Corporal. He attended the usual annual camps until he was embodied on 4 Aug 1914. He served in France and Flanders from 5 Jun 1916 to Mar 1918. During this time his unit became part of the 3rd Reserve Battalion of the Corps of Hussars (Service No. 320512). He suffered from a very bad bout of Pneumonia in Jan 1918 and was hospitalized in Rouen, France, and later transferred to the 1st London Hospital, Camberwell, London, for further treatment. He was finally discharged on 15 Apr 1919 and granted a short term pension. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal. He had married Harriet Jane Penny in Tisbury, Wiltshire, on 6 Aug 1917. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Gas Cottages, Pythouse, Tisbury, Wiltshire, working as a Blacksmith. His death was recorded in Mere, Wiltshire, during 1955. His brothers, Keble Sidney Gurd and Reginald Leslie Gurd, also served in the conflict.