Ernest Albert Arnold

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Winchester
Service No.: 241372
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 8th June 1918 aged 23 years
Death location: Flanders


Life before the War
Ernest was the sixth of 7 siblings born to William and Ellen, nee Cox.  Both William and Ellen were born in Winchester, William in 1858 and Ellen in 1857. They married in Winchester in 1878.

All the children were born in Winchester.  Ernest’s 6 siblings – 3 sisters and 3 brothers – were:

William Henry   b.1879.
Married Katharine Florence Pearce in Ryde in 1911.

Ada Ellen    b.1881 

Agnes  b.1884 and d.1967 Winchester.
Married Montague Houghton in Droxford in 1910.

Emily Jane    b.1887 and d.1973 Watford.
Married Francis H Cox in Southampton in 1927.

Frederick   b 1893 and d.1977 Winchester.

Arthur   b.1906 and d.1926 Winchester.

Ernest married Florence E A Renouf in Southampton in 1915.  She was born in the Channel Islands in 1895 and they lived at 5 Bellevue Terrace, Southampton, before Ernest went off to war.

A son was born in December 1916, Ernest Walter J, who Ernest senior never met. Ernest junior died in Lancashire in 2006.

Florence remarried in 1920, to Walter L Broomfield, in Southampton and she died in the city in 1927.


War Service
Ernest probably died in the aftermath of the Battle of the Lys, fought mainly between 7th and 29th April 1918.  This was the last major German offensive of the war where they concentrated attacks on a 25 mile-long front running from NNE to SSW in Northern France.  The British resisted the attacks at most points along the front, although 82,000 soldiers lost their lives during the action.

He is buried in the Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France (Plot X, Row A, Grave 11).  The first burials at Lapugnoy were in September 1915 but the cemetery was most heavily used during the Battle of Arras, which began in April 1917.  The cemetery holds 1324 Commonwealth WW1 graves.

Ernest’s headstone reads: “He is still enshrined in the hearts of those that love him”


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 31st May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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