Thank you to Wendy Shuttleworth for the following research and thank you to Jackie Woodcock (Levi’s great granddaughter) for the family information.
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.
|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|
|Regiment||Royal West Kent Regiment|
|Former Regiment||6th Battalion, West Surrey Regiment|
|Date of Death||5th December 1916|
|Place of Death||Arras, France|
|Cause of Death||Killed in Action|
|Cemetery||Douchy Les Ayette British Cemetery, France|