Stories of Remembrance

Army, First World War (1914-18)The Premonition of Murvyn Henry Sturgess,Dernancourt, France

He met his brother Jack in the field near Dernancourt in April 1918. He told Jack he had a bad premonition. Jack warned him against such thoughts. Jack never saw him again.
John Williamson, nephew

3634 Private Murvyn Henry Sturgess, of Chinchilla, Queensland, with an older brother already enlisted, was callously given a ‘white feather’ by someone in Chinchilla! He enlisted on 16 August 1915 at 18 years of age.

As part of 8th Reinforcements he was assigned to the 25th Battalion, transferred to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion and arrived in France on 19 March 1916. Mumps, “pyrexia of unknown origin” (sic) and a thigh gunshot wound accounted for some of his next 2 years in action.

He met his brother Jack in the field near Dernancourt in April 1918. He told Jack he had a bad premonition. Jack warned him against such thoughts. Jack never saw him again.

On 29 April 1918 Murvyn was buried alive by an artillery shell explosion and could not be uncovered promptly. He lies in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension. His long grieving sister Ivy, visited his grave in 1975, on behalf of herself and Murvyn’s five other siblings (4 already deceased).
 

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