Ernest Barton



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Ernest Barton


DIED 16th MAY 1915 AGED 29YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR LE TOURET MEMORIAL FRANCE
PANEL 26

Ernest was born in January 1886 in Flackwell Heath son of David & Ann nee Weedon.
His father and mother married in 1867. They had 10 children: Alice Esther b 1868, Clara b 1871, John Edward b 1872, Eliza b 1875, Ellen b 1877, Phoebe b 1879, Ruth b 1881,Margaret b 1883, Ernest b 1886 and Edith b 1888.
In 1891 the family was living in Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire. Ernest’s father was listed as a paper maker and his mother Ann as a rag sorter at a mill. His brother John is a farrier and his sister Eliza is a domestic servant. Ernest is a scholar.
The 1901 Census shows Ernest and his sister Ellen as visitors at a house in Wooburn. She is a paper sorter and Ernest is a milk hawker.
On the 1911 Census Ernest was single and lodging at 19, George Street in Worcester where he was working on the Great Western Railway as a Telegraph labourer.
Ernest enlisted at High Wycombe in 1914.He was in the National Reserve at the outbreak of war. He married Ada Beatrice Keen in April 1914.
A year later Ernest was killed in France. His Platoon reached a German Communication trench and were fired at and attacked with bombs. The men tried to charge them out of the trench but Ernest was hit and died almost immediately. Lance Corporal T. Corbett wrote to his widow telling her that Ernest “was one of the best and knew no fear”. He was “so thoughtful and kind for others and well liked by everyone of the Regiment”. Ernest had written to his wife the day before he died.
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