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Ernest Reavill was born in 1897 in Arnold, Nottingham, and lived at Daybrook the son of James Hickman Reavill a laundry van man and later a methodist minister and Sarah Reavill née Rockley of Furlong Avenue, Arnold. His father James Hickman was born in 1865 at Oxton, his mother Sarah Rocley was born in 1866 at Worksop, they were married on 24th November 1885 their marriage was recorded in the Southwell Registration district, they went on to have 14 children, sadly 4 died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were , James Hickman (junior) b1889, Nellie b1892, Mary b1893, Ernest b1898, Harriett b1899, Ada b1901, William b1902,George b1904, John b1907 and Arthur b1908 all were born in Arnold. In the 1911 Census the family are living at Furlong Ave, Arnold and are shown as James Hickman 46 yrs a laundry vanman, he is living with his wife Sarah 45 yrs and their children, Nellie 19 yrs a laundry maid, Ernest 13 yrs a scholar, Harriett 12 yrs a scholar, Ada 10 yrs a scholar, William 9 yrs, George 7 yrs, John 4 yrs and Arthur 3 yrs of age. Ernest married his wife Florence Kinnerley (born 1897) in 1915 their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district, they lived at 11 Ellis Yard, Arnold and went on to have a son Frank Ernest born 1916. Following his death his widow Florence was awarded a pension of 20 shillings and 5 pence a week which commenced on 5th May 1919.
14 Oct 1918
58762 - CWGC Website
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Private Ernest Reavill enlisted in July 1914 at Newark whilst residing at Arnold into the Sherwood Foresters Regiment at Newark, Nottinghamshire with number 2658 and from his place of enlistment, we can assume that he would have been with either the 1/8th or 2/8th battalion. He went to Ireland at the time of the Irish Rebellion. At some time probably after being wounded and recovering, he was posted to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and sent to join their 13th battalion. In 1918 pressure was brought to bear in the area of the Ypres salient and the 13th Duke of Wellington’s were active in the area of Armentieres almost on the border of France with Belgium. It was here that he was killed in action by machine gun fire on the 14th October 1918. He is buried at Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-d'Amentieres
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