Ernest Walter Quinton

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 22233
Rank: Private
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 8th December 1917 aged 22 years
Death location: Belgium


Life before the War
Ernest was born in 1895, the 6th of 7 children born to parents were Frank and Alice Mary nee Hand.  Frank and Alice were both born in Wiltshire and married in 1885.

Ernest’s siblings – 4 sisters and 3 brothers – were:

Christine Lucy Hand   b.1879 (this child was born out of wedlock, but took the Quinton name)

Bertram Frank   b.1886 and d.1918

Harriett Mary   b.1887

Henry George   b.1889

Edith Annie   b.1891

Percival Thomas   b.1896

Elsie Alice   b.1897

In 1891 the family were living at Wide Lane, Swaythling, Southampton.  Frank was an Agricultural Labourer.

They had moved to 21 Northcote Road, Portswood, Southampton by 1901.  Frank was working as a General Domestic Servant, Bertram was a Butcher’s Boy and Henry was working as a Milk Boy.

By 1911, they were living at 37 Belgrave Road, Portswood.  Frank was now employed as a Corporation Night Watchman and his wife was a Charwoman.  Henry was a Coal Dealer, Ernest was working as a Milkman and Percival was a Milk Boy.


War Service
After enlisting in March 1916 Ernest was sent to France in July and saw action at the Battle of the Somme.

The National Roll of the Great War records:
“Quinton, E. W., Private, 3rd Hampshire Regiment and Dorsetshire Regiments.
Joining in March 1916 he was sent to France in July and took a prominent part in the Battle of the Somme. He fought in several subsequent engagements but was killed in action near Poperinghe on December 28th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

On the 8th December 1917, age just 21, Ernest died from wounds. He is Remembered with Honour at the Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.  Ernest was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.


Brother Bertram’s War Service

Name: Frank Bertram Quinton
Birth Place: Salisbury, Wiltshire
Death Date: 13th August 1918
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment location: Southampton
Rank: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Number: 25682
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

To read more of Bertram’s story select the link to his name.

Brother Percival’s War Service
Quinton, P.T., Private, R.A.M.C. and 5th Hampshire Regiment.
He volunteered in August 1914, and a month later was drafted to India, where he fought on the Afghan Frontier and was also engaged on Garrison duty. He returned home in November 1919, and was demoblised in the same month holding the General Service and Victory Medals.
37, Belgrave Road, Portswood, Southampton”.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 24th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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