Private Levi Nimrod Longhurst

Levi Longhurst with wife Eliza and daughters Mary, Florene and Grace © Jackie Woodcock

Thank you to Wendy Shuttleworth for the following research and thank you to Jackie Woodcock (Levi’s great granddaughter) for the family information.

Levi Longhurst 1891 Census Abinger © findmypast.co.uk

Levi Nimrod Longhurst was born in 1881 in Shere, Surrey to Isted and Mary Ann Longhurst. He was one of eight children. In 1891, the family had moved to Cobbetts Farm, Ockley. In 1901, Levi moves to Holmbury St. Mary, where he works with horses on a farm.

On 27th 1905, Levi marries Eliza Wigg at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Surrey. The couple, in 1911, are living at Redhill Cottage, Mayes Green, Ockley, with their three daughters. Levi is working as a labourer.

Levi enlisted at Guildford, Surrey on 9th December 1915, posted to the 6th Battalion, West Surrey Regiment, number G/13864.

He was 5ft 11 inches of ruddy complexion and his address was Honeysuckle Cottage, Holmbury St. Mary, Surrey. He was 35 years and 8 months and had four daughters, Mary, Florence, Grace and Dorothy.

Levi was mobilised on 3rd June 1916 and posted on 4th June 1916 then transferred to the Royal West Kent Regiment, G/17633, and posted 24th October 1916.  Levi was killed in action on 5th December 1916 near Arras and was buried in Douchy Les Ayette British Cemetery, France; grave reference I.G.9.

All his medals were forwarded to Mrs Bell (half sister of Eliza) of Croydon who had taken in two of the girls when their mother died in 1919.

His younger sister Lilian Longhurst lived in Holmbury St. Mary after the war.

Born                            Shere, Surrey
Lived                           Ockley, then Holmbury St. Mary

Son of                         Isted and Mary Ann Longhurst
Husband of                 Eliza Wigg
Father of                      Mary, Florence, Grace and Dorothy
Brother of                    Ivo Redmouth (Ramoth) Longhurst 

Former Regiment         6th Battalion, West Surrey Regiment
Number                       G/13864

Regiment                     Royal West Kent Regiment
Number                        G/17633

Date of Death              5th December 1916
Place of Death             Arras, France
Cause of Death            Killed in Action

Age                               36

Cemetery                     Douchy Les Ayette British Cemetery, France