Date of birth: 1884
Place of birth: Winchester, Hampshire
Service No.: 96295
Regiment / Division: Corps of Royal Engineers
Battalion: 222nd Field Coy.
Died: 29th January 1917 aged 32 years
Death Location: France/Flanders
Life before the War
Ernest was born in Winchester, Hampshire in 1884 to parents Wyatt and Eliza, nee Smith, who married in 1870 in Manchester. Eliza was born in 1849. Wyatt was born 1844 Winchester and died 1884 in Winchester. Prior to his death Wyatt was a coach builder.
Ernest had 4 siblings all of whom were born in Manchester:
Ada born 1873
Alfred born 1876
Florence born 1878
George Henry born 1881
In the 1891 and 1901 censuses Eliza was a widow and living with her children at 10 High Street, Millbrook, Southampton. Eliza was a Confectioner which was her Own Account. In 1901 Florence was a School Teacher, George was a Law Clerk, Ernest was an Apprentice as a Hot Water Fitter in Houses. Alfred had left home by 1901 and was a boarder in the home of Mary White at 20 Orchard Street, Portsmouth. He was employed as an Elementary School Teacher.
By 1911 Eliza, with her daughter Ada and son George, had moved to 56 High Street, Shirley, Southampton. She gave her occupation as a Confectioner Shop Keeper. Ada was a Shop Assistant whilst George was a Clerk at County Court. Ernest had moved to 16 North Terrace, Hermitage Road, Finsbury Park, London where he was working as a Fitter to Sanitary Engineering.
Wyatt Wadmore – London Gazette December 13th 1872
NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Wyatt Wadmore, John Mason, and William Smith, as Carriage Builders, and carried on at the city of Manchester, under the style or firm of Wadmore, Mason, and Smith, has been dissolved by mutual consent, so far as regards the said John Mason, who retires from the concern, as and from the date hereof. All debts due to or owing by the late partnership will be received and paid by the said Wyatt Wadmore and William Smith, who will continue the business as partners, on their own account, under the style or firm of Wadmore and Smith.—Dated this 10th day of December, 1872.
Wyatt left a Probate
“5 August 1884. The will of Wyatt Wadmore late of Staple Gardens Winchester in the county of Southampton coach builder who died 28 April 1884 at Staple Gardens was proved at Winchester by Walter Wadmore of Winchester Street Basingstoke in the said county grocer and provision merchant the brother and sole executor. Effects – under £300”.
Ernest enlisted in Tottenham, Middlesex, joining the 222nd Field Coy, Corps of Royal Engineers. His rank was Sapper and service number 96295.
He arrived in France on 18th November 1915. He died from his wounds on 29th January 1917 aged 32, in France/Flanders.
He is Remembered with Honour at the Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu, France.
Ernest was entitled to the 1915 Star, British Service and Victory Medals.
Hem Farm Military Cemetry, Hem- Monacu
“Wadmore, Spr. Ernest Wyatt, 96295. 222nd Field Coy. Royal Engineers. Killed in action 29th Jan., 1917. Age 32. Son of Eliza and the late Wyatt Wadmore. I. H. 20”.
Ernest Wyatt’s Probate
“Wadmore Ernest Wyatt of 56 High Street Shirley Southampton sapper Royal Engineers died 29 January 1917 in France Administration (with will) Winchester 3 August to Eliza Wadmore (mother) widow. Effects £482 11s 5d”