Ernest Sidney Bartlett

Date of birth: 1884
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Worcestershire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 44247
Died: 29th September 1918, aged 34 years
Buried: Pigeon Ravine Cemetery, Epehy, France (Plot I, Row B, Grave 7)

 

Ernest was the oldest of 7 siblings born to Charles Henry and Eleanor AUGUSTA Bartlett (nee Bascombe), who married in Portswood in 1883.

 

The family lived at two separate addresses from the early 1900’s right through until WWII.

 

Charles was born in Dorchester on 20 September 1862 and he died in the Winchester area in 1949.

Augusta was born in Southampton in 1863 and she passed away in Portswood in 1929.

 

Siblings

Ernest Sidney 

Henry James   b. 1887 Southampton   d. 1934 Southampton Married Winifred A. Russen in Southampton in 1916.

Alfred William   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 1974 Southampton

Harriet MAY   b. 18 June 1894 Southampton   d. 1961 Southampton Married Percy G. Carey in Southampton in 1916.

Alice Florence   b. 1896 Southampton   d. 1923 Southampton Married William E. Cleverley in Southampton in 1920.

Elsie Dorcas   b. 1898 Southampton   d. 1987 Wales Married Edward J. Jones in Southampton in 1921.

Ivy Alexandra   b. 19 September 1904 Portswood   d. 1986 Southampton Married Arthur Levi in Southampton in 1931.

 

Ernest married Alice Maude Smith in Portswood in 1913. It is believed that the couple had one daughter…

Joan Elizabeth A.   b.1917 Portswood   d. 2001 Preston   Married John Rigby in Preston in 1956.

 

 

The 2nd Battalion Worcestershires (part of 2nd Division) landed at Boulogne on 14 August 1914.

They took part in the Battle of Mons (1914), the Battle of Givenchy (March 1915) and the Battle of Festubert (May 1915).

 

The battalion was based near Bethune in early 1916. During that year, the battalion was transferred to the 33rd Division and took part in the Battle of Bazentin Ridge that summer.

 

At the end of August, the battalion took part in the Battle of Delville Wood and in the Battle of Le Transloy during the winter of 1916.

 

The 2nd’s were on the Somme in early 1917, taking part in the Arras offensive from mid April until mid May.

 

The Battalion spent the winter of 1917 billeted around Passchendaele and were still close to Ypres in early 1918.

The first two months of 1918 were spent fighting around Passchendaele, in terrible winter weather.

 

They finally left that front in April 1918 billeting near Bailleul, much further south. The battalion took part in the battle near that town in late spring of 1918.

 

The battalion were then transferred back to Ypres in June 1918, and took part in actions east of Epehy in September 1918.

 

Ernest was probably mortally wounded in hard-fought actions around Epehy in mid September 1918.

 

The cemetery was begun by the 33rd Division Burial Officer at the beginning of October 1918.

Ernest was buried with 79 of his battalion colleagues, who all perished on the same day.

 

His headstone reads: “ Be still and know that I am God.”

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th December 2016
Updated:

 

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