Private Harold Edgar Furnival


Harold Edgar Furnival © Dorking Advertiser
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Harold Edgar Furnival Birth Registration Transcription ©

Harold Edgar Furnival was born in the 2nd quarter of 1898 in Broadwas, Worcestershire to Frederic and Ann Agnes Furnival (nee Price).

Harold Edgar Furnival 1901 Census ©

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived in The School house, Worcester Road, Broadwas. Frederic was working as a schoolmaster and Ann Agnes was a schoolmistress. The household further comprised of their children: assistant teacher Alice May, Frances E., Annie Isobel, Frederick William, Leonard Thomas and Alfred Edward.

Harold Edgar Furnival 1911 Census ©

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived in Coldharbour, Surrey. Frederic and Ann were still was working as schoolteachers. The household further comprised of their children: school teacher Alice, Annie, Leonard, Harold and Alfred, also a boarder, private secretary, Frederic Bertram Venn. Ann stated that she had given birth to eight children. The house had six rooms.

Frederic Furnival Funeral Report © Dorking Advertiser

Frederic Furnival died on the 25th of February 1916 at 64 Falkland Road in Dorking. “At an early age he took up the teaching position. His first mastership was at the British School, Marshfield, Gloucester, and his subsequent appointments included Chelton the Downs, Salop, 1891-96, Broadwas, Worcester, 1896-1906, and Coldharbour, Surrey, 1901-11. In all these appointments Mrs Furnival had been associated with her husband as schoolmistress. Their daughter is also assistant schoolmistress at Coldharbour, being organist of the Parish Church as well. Since 1912 Mr Furnival had been on the supply staff of the Surrey County Council, and in this capacity was connected for some time with St Martin’s National School. During his 5 years’ residence at Coldharbour he actively interested himself in the affairs of the parish, and acted as secretary of the Coronation festivities.” (1916 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser)

Harold Furnival enlisted in Guildford, Surrey into the 2nd Battalion, the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was a Private with Regimental number G/37620. At the time of his enlistment he resided in Dorking.

At the time of his death he was part of the 7th Battalion, the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.

Harold Edgar Furnival was killed in an action on the 23rd of March 1918 in France. His body was never found.

Harold Edgar Furnival Pozieres Memorial Roll of Honour ©
Harold Edgar Furnival Pozieres Memorial Panel Listing ©

He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France on Panels 14 and 15.

Harold Edgar Furnival WW1 Medal Index Roll ©
Harold Edgar Furnival British War Medal and Victory Medal ©

He received the British War and Victory medals.

Harold Edgar’s brother, Signaller Leonard Thomas Furnival, of the Royal Naval Division, was severely wounded in the right foot on the 15th of May 1918. Recovering, he re-joined his unit and died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on the 14th of October 1918 in France.

His oldest brother, Sergeant Frederick William Furnival, of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade was killed on the 20th of May 1918. He was hit on the head by a brick thrown up by the explosion of a huge enemy shell, and died within few minutes.

Furnival Brothers © Dorking Advertiser
Furnival Brothers Pt 2 © Dorking Advertiser

An article in the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser dated 15 June 1918 reads: “Among those who have been sadly stricken by the war is Mrs Furnival, 64 Falkland Road, Dorking, who has lost one son killed in action, another wounded and in hospital and a third missing, all in the space of less than two months.”

Harold Edgar Furnival Soldiers Effects ©

Ann Furnival received £2, 1s, 8d on the 5th of November 1918, £4, 14s, 4d on the 30th of December 1919 and a further 15s and 8d on the 17th of March 1920 in Soldiers’ Effects. She later lived at 65 Langham Road, Wimbledon, London and died on the 21st of December 1927 in Kent.

Furnival Family History

Harold’s father Frederic, was born about 1857 in Kingswinford, Staffordshire to mine agent William Furnival, born about 1820 in Llansaintfraid, Montgomeryshire, Wales and Sarah Furnival, born about 1832 in Ovenbridge, Shropshire.

His mother Ann Agnes Price was born about 1859 in Much Wenlock, Shropshire to brick agent Thomas and housekeeper Martha Price, born about 1826 in Callaughton, Shropshire. Ann was baptised on the 21st of August 1859 in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

Frederic and Ann married, by Banns, on the 18th of September 1880 at St Martin’s church in Birmingham, Warwickshire. At the time of their marriage the couple lived in Essex and Frederick was working as a schoolmaster.

Harold Edgar Furnival had seven siblings: Agnes E. born about 1882; Alice May born about 1884; Frances E. born about 1886; Annie Isobel born about 1888 and Frederick William born on the 4th of August 1890; all in Marshfield, Gloucestershire. Leonard Thomas born on the 25th of June 1896 and Alfred Edward born about 1901 in Broadwas, Worcestershire.

At the time of the 1881 Census, the couple lived in Maukin Lane, Marshfield, Gloucestershire. Frederic was working as a schoolmaster and Ann Agnes as a schoolmistress.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived in Main Street, Marshfield, Gloucestershire. Frederic and Ann were still working as teachers. The household further comprised of their children: Agnes, Alice, Frances, Annie and Frederick.

Born Broadwater, Worcestershire
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of The late Frederick and Agnes Furnival of 65 Langham Road, London formerly of 64 Falkland Road, Dorking
Enlisted Guildford, Surrey
Regiment 7th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number G/37620
Former Regiment 2nd Battalion, the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 23rd March 1918
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Age 19
Memorial Pozieres Memorial
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