John (Jack) Isaac, 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment

John (Jack) was the paternal great uncle of Peter & Brian Hurn who supplied information to the Oral History Project of Surrey History Centre. He was born on 2nd December 1884 in Battersea to Frederick and Elizabeth Isaac who eventually had eight other children (Effa Mary, George, Elisa, Frederick, Charles, William, Annie and Reginald) and was baptised on 1st March 1885.In the 1891 and 1901 census records the family was living in Lambeth and by 1911 Jack was living in RIchmond, Surrey and working for the railways. In WW1 he served in the 8th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment as a private (service number 8172). He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916 aged 31 and is commemorated on the Memorial of the Missing at Thiepval on the Somme as well as being remembered on the memorial at The Minster Church of St Cuthburga, High St, Wimborne, Dorset along with his brother Reg.

The stories of other members of the Hurn family: George John Cate, Albert Henry Cate, Ernest Albert Grey and Reginald Lewis Isaac, may be found on this website

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