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Herbert Leslie Durham was born in 1895 at Bournemouth and was the only son of the late James Adam Durham and his second wife Emily Durham née Pheazey of 'Bowood' 3 Wellington Road Bournemouth. His father James Adam was born in in 1846 at Sudbury in Suffolk, he married his first wife Hannah Ann Green on 14th January 1868 in London she died in 1890 at Ipswich. He went on to marry his second wife Emily Pheazey (born 1862 at Stagsden, Bedfordshire) in 1893 at Bedford. He died in 1911. In the 1911 census his mother Emily is living at 3 Wellington Road, Bournemouth she is shown as being Emily Durham 48 yrs a widow living on her own means, she is living with her widowed mother Caroline Pheazey 76 yrs. In the same 1911 census Herbert Leslie is living with his step brother at 81 Charles Street, Newark, the family are Harry William Durham 41 yrs a head draughtsman he is living with his wife Gertrude Mary 31 yrs and Herbert Leslie Durham 16 yrs an apprentice in engineering machine shop drawing office.
06 Sep 1915
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Lance Corporal
1st Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Lance Corporal Herbert Leslie Durham enlisted at Newark and initially served with the service number 18550 in the 3rd battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). He was serving with the 1st battalion Lancashire Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 6th September 1915 at Gallipoli. He is buried at Azmak Cemetery, Suvla, Turkey.
Article published 25th September 1915 in the Newark Herald :- Son of Emily Durham, “Bowood”, 3 Wellington Road, Bournemouth and late James Durham. A well known member of Newark Rowing Club and a keen oarsman. Won the Trent Challenge Cup in 1913 & 1914. Number two in the winning crew of the ‘maidens’ for the Berry Cup at Nottingham on July 25th. 1914. Apprenticed and employed in the drawing office of Ransome & Co. (where is elder brother Mr. H.W. Durham is also employed). One of the first members of the Newark Legion of Volunteers , from which he joined the regular army in Nov. 1914. Enlisting in the 3rd Sherwood Foresters and drafted to Plymouh straight away. Later to Sunderland where he was transferred to the Lancs. Fusiliers. Immediately going to the Dardanelles and on Aug. 30th wrote to his brother “We are living in trenches and dug-outs of a sort, and though we have not been in action, a lot of shells have burst over us, only doing occasional damage”.
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