Date of birth: 1879
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1910
Place of marriage: Portsmouth
Service No.: 2331
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Died: 23rd October 1916 aged 37 years
Death Location: France
Life before the War
Ernest was born 1879 in Southampton. His parents were George and Lydia Jane, nee Collins, who married 1877 in Southampton. Ernest’s mother died in 1898. George and Lydia had four other children:
May Lilian E b.1878
Dora Adela b.1883
Hubert Collins b.1885
Elsie Ida b.1889
In 1871 George was a Signalman aboard the Sealark which was moored off Drakes Island, Plymouth Sound, Devon.
In the 1881 and 1891 censuses George, with his wife Lydia and their children, was living at 35 Manchester Street, All Saints, Southampton. George was a Grocer’s Manager.
By the 1901 census George was a widow, still employed as a Grocer and by now living at 15 Stafford Road, Shirley, Southampton. With him were his daughters Dora and Elsie and son Hubert. His son Ernest was a Grocer’s Assistant living as a boarder at 85 East Street, St Marys, Southampton. Daughter May Lilian had married in 1897 to William John Bull.
George died 1910 in Southampton. His daughters Dora and Elsie, a Dressmaker, were living with their aunt and uncle in 1911 at 5 Ordnance Road, Southampton. Hubert was an Ironmonger’s Assistant living as a boarder at 28 Church Street, Alton, Hampshire. May was living in Berkshire with her husband and children.
There is no trace of Ernest and his wife Lilian M, nee Williams, in the 1911 census. They married 1910 in Portsmouth. They had a son George E born 1911 in Portsmouth.
Ernest enlisted in Lymington, Hampshire, joining the Hampshire regiment, 1st Battalion. His rank was Private and Service Number was 23311.
He was killed in action on 23rd October 1916 whilst serving in the Western European Theatre.
He is Remembered with Honour on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20th March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial.
Ernest was entitled to the Victory and British Service Medals.
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