Christopher Durie (1898–1917)


King's Own (Royal Lancashire Regiment) 17853 8th Battalion

Derbyshire Courier 19 May 1917

Newspaper photograph of Christopher Durie

Christopher was born in about 1898 in Liverpool the son of dock-worker William Durie and his wife Mary. In some records his name seems to have changed from Durie to Drury. He moved to Crich shortly before the war. He enlisted in the army at Buxton and served with the 8th King’s Own (Royal Lancashire Regiment). He entered France in May 1915, and was killed in action in 26th April 1917 aged nineteen. He has no known grave, but is listed on the Arras Memorial in France, and on the war memorial at Crich.
[With thanks to Nivard Ovington]

Newspaper report
[Note that there are reporting errors in the newspaper obituary, the name should be Durie not Drury, he was aged nineteen not twenty-four and his regiment was based in Lancaster not Liverpool]

Derbyshire Times , 19 May 1917
Mrs Wright of Park Head, Crich received the news on Monday that Pte Christopher Drury, who was one of the first to enlist from Crich, had been killed at the front. He was a native of Liverpool and joined a Liverpool Regiment. He was about 24 years of age, single and worked at Crich for many years.

Medal Index Record
Awarded Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals.
Entered France 25 May 1915.
Killed in Action.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials C
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
Unit 8th Bn
Age 19
Date of Death  26/04/1917
Additional information Son of Mary Ann Durie, of 141, Beaufort St., Liverpool, and the late William Henry Durie.
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference Bay 2

War Graves certificate for Christipher Durie

Soldiers' Effects Book
Christopher Drury alias Durie; 8th Bn Royal Lancs; Private 17853; killed in action 26/30.4.17; War Gratuity £9 10s 0d; paid out to:
20.7.17 [unclear] 2d
20.9.17 father William Henry Durie £2 12s 6d
8.12.19 mother Mary A £9 10s 0d


1901: Liverpool

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William H Durie Head 32 Dock labourer Liverpool
Mary A Durie wife 30   Liverpool
Ann Durie daughter 10   Liverpool
William Durie son 4   Liverpool
Christopher Durie son 3   Liverpool
Emily R Durie daughter 6mo   Liverpool

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1911: Bargate Road, Toxteth Park

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Henry Durie Head 42 Dock labourer Liverpool
Mary Ann Durie wife 40   Liverpool
Thomas Edward Durie son 16 Dock labourer Liverpool
William Durie son 14 Messenger Liverpool
Christopher Durie son 13 School Liverpool
Emily Rose Durie daughter 10 School Liverpool
James Durie son 9 School Liverpool
Mary Ann Durie daughter 4   Liverpool
Joseph Durie son 3   Liverpool
Micheal Gerrard Durie son 6mo   Liverpool

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