A rare female WW1 Casualty

Miss Evelyn Irene Murrell
A rare female WW1 Casualty
Service number: 5145
Born in Downham Market, Norfolk in 1895 to William Murrell and his wife Harriet (nee Bird ) Innkeeper of the Coffee Pot Inn. She joined the RAF in May 1918 as a clerk and served at RAF Marham. She died of the “Spanish” influenza and pneumonia like many men at the end of the hostilities of WW1, on November 27th 1918.
BUT unlike many of her fellow serving airmen who succumbed to the virulent strain of flu was not recognised on the Downham Memorial as a war casualty until 2017.
Since then a wreath has been laid by the original researcher each year on November 11th.
SOURCE Census, National Archives
PAR 2019
Evelyn Murrell