Ernest Frank Hackett

Ernest Frank Hackett

Ernest Frank Hackett

Date of birth: 1892
Place of birth: Woolston, Southampton
Date of marriage: 25th December 1914
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 202514
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd / 4th (T.F.)
Died: 24th November 1917 aged 25 years
Death location: Egypt


Life before the War
Ernest’s parents were Benjamin, born 1864 in Dover, Kent and died in 1944 naming his daughter in his probate:
“Hackett Benjamin of 11 Clifford Street Southampton died 25 July 1944. Administration (with Will) Winchester 22 December 1944 to Ethel Louisa Hackett spinster. Effects £431 0s 3d”

Ernest’s mother Flora, nee Randall, was born in 1864, Southampton, dying in 1941.  Flora and Ernest married in 1882 in Southampton.  Ernest was the middle child of 8 children:

Flora Mary b.1883

Benjamin Edwin b.1886 and d.1918

Ethel Louisa b.1887 and d.1948

Albert William 1891

Harold Charles 1895 and d.1976

Dorothy May 1901

Irene Winifred b.1911 and d.1912

In the 1891 census the family lived at 6 Cypress Terrace, Hunts Road in the district of St. Mary’s Extra, Southampton.  Benjamin is employed as a Hand Driller in a Marine Engine Shop.

They had moved to Chapel Road in the same parish by 1901.  Benjamin was now employed as a Hydraulic Pipe Fitter.

They moved again and in 1911 most of the family lived at 60 Clifford Street, St. Mary’s Parish.  Benjamin was working as an Iron Pipe Smith, Benjamin Edwin was a Wood Carver, Albert had an Apprenticeship as a Coppersmith, Ernest worked as a Pupil Teacher and Harold was engaged as a Junior Law Clerk.

Bevois Town Chapel

Bevois Town Chapel

Taken from the Parish Marriage Register
Ernest married Lily May Beaton on 25th December 1914 at the Bevois Town Chapel, Wesleyan Methodists, County of Southampton.  Ernest gave his employment as an Assistant School Teacher.  His address was 60 Clifford Street and Lily’s was 179 Priory Road, St. Denys, Southampton. Ernest’s father Benjamin an Iron Pipe Smith whilst Lily’s father, Charles James, was a Pattern Maker.

The church is situated on the triangle of land between Bevois Valley Road and Peterborough Road. It was built in 1861 and substantially enlarged in 1906.  The church was badly damaged during World War II and remained empty for many years.  It was used as a furniture warehouse for a time before being purchased by the Sikh community in 1971 and converted to a Sikh temple.


Lily May Beaton

Lily May Beaton

Lily May Beaton was born on 11th July 1893 in Greenwich, London.  She passed away at the Western Hospital, Southampton in 1985, with left ventricular failure and ischemic heart disease.  Lily and Ernest’s daughter, Olive Clara Lily, was born on 29th June 1916 at 85 Park Road, Southampton.  Within weeks of her birth Olive had passed away.  From research it would seem that Lily adopted a child also named Olive Elsie, who died 3rd March 1936, aged 19, a spinster, living at 85 Park Road, Southampton.

Lily went on to have a child, Pearl Lily Hackett, born 27th March 1920 and died 14th September 2001.  Note that this child was registered in her mother’s married name and also her mother’s maiden name of Beaton, which was used in the birth index.  The death indexes show she died in the name of Lily May Hackett, so never remarried)




War Service

Taunton’s School Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1907 – 1911

Education and Employment: Ernest was born in 1892 in Southampton. He excelled in Mathematics while at Taunton’s School, and also did well in Chemistry. After leaving school, Ernest went into training to become a teacher.

Life during the war: Ernest lived on Clifford Street in Southampton with his parents until he marries Lily May Beaton on Christmas Day in 1914. They had a daughter, Olive, on 29th June 1916, who died that same year. Ernest and Lily lived on Park Road in Freemantle. Ernest enlisted in Southampton and served as a private with the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. He was killed in action in Egypt.

Jerusalem Memorial

Jerusalem Memorial

The Panel with Ernest's name at the Jerusalem Memorial

The Panel with Ernest’s name at the Jerusalem Memorial

Ernest died on 24th November 1917 aged 25 years.

Ernest is Remembered with Honour on the Jerusalem Memorial on Panels 29 and 29. The Memorial Register reads:
“Hackett, Pte. Ernest Frank, 202514. 2nd/4th Bn. Hampshire Regt. 24th Nov., 1917. Age 25. Son of Benjamin and Flora Hackett, of Clifford St., Southampton: husband of Lily May Hackett, of 85, Park Rd., Freemantle, Southampton”

For his service to his country, Ernest was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals.




Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 29th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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