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Bures St Mary Suffolk
Ernest Samuel George was the son of James John and Alice Ann Pile (née Pile). His father James John was born in Sussex in about 1857, the son of George Pile, a clerk. His mother Alice Ann was born in Honiton, Devon, on 1 August 1860, the daughter of Samuel Pile a farmer. James and Alice were married at Honiton parish church on 28 August 1882; James was living at Bures St Mary, Suffolk, where he was a school master and Alice in Honiton. They had two children who were born in Bure St Mary: Reginald James b.22 October 1885 and Ernest Samuel George birth registered 1893 (J/F/M Sudbury). James John Pile was a certificated school master at Bures St Mary National School, Suffolk, at the time of both the 1891 and 1901 Census when he and his wife were living at the School House, Nayland Road. In their household in 1891 were their son Reginald (5), Ellen Clampin (13) a general domestic servant and a boarder, Thomas Goodger (26), an elementary school teacher. In 1901 there was only James, Alice and their two sons Reginald and Ernest (8) in the home. By 1911 James (54), a retired head teacher, and Alice (50) were living at 33 Waverley Road, Exmouth, Devon, with their son Ernest, a draper's assistant. Their eldest son Reginald had married Myra Kate Chard (b. 30 August 1885) on 12 April 1909 (A/M/J Honiton) and they were living on Prospect Place, Exeter Road, Exmouth; Reginald was an ironmonger shopkeeper (employer). Their son Derrick James was born four years later on 23 May 1915 (J/A/S St Thomas Devon). Ernest married Ethel Elizabeth Harrington in 1914 (Basford registration district). They had one child, a daughter Muriel Alice who was born on 22 January 1916 (J/F/M Weymouth). The family lived at 16 Byron Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham. Ethel married secondly William F Tann in 1925 (A/M/J Basford). In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled they were living in Merton, Wiltshire; William (b. 21 July 1896) worked for a printing ink manufacturer. Also in the home was Ethel's daughter Muriel, an architect's secretary. The record of one member of the household remains closed, but may have been William and Ethel's son, William H., who was born in1927 (O/N/D Kingston Surrey, Harrington). Ernest's father, James John, died on 10 April 1925; he was still living on Waverley Road, Exmouth. Ernest's widowed mother Alice was living with her son Reginald and his wife Myra in Newton Abbott, Devon, in 1939. Reginald was a manager (builders' merchant and ironmongers). His son Derrick was a local government officer and living in Lymington Hampshire. Alice Ann Pile died in 1948 (A/M/J Honiton). Her son Reginald died in 1956 (J/A/S New Forest Hants).
In 1911 he was a draper's assistant. According to a report of his death in a local paper he had been in business in Exeter before enlisting and although UKSDGW gives his residence as West Bridgford Ernest enlisted in Weymouth. Ernest had been a Sunday School teacher at All Saints Church, Exmouth, and a member of the Marpool Cricket Club.
30 Sep 1917
302784 - CWGC Website
West Bridgford Nottingham. Enlisted Weymouth
6/7th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers
Ernest Pile was killed by shell fire on 30 September 1917 and is buried in Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux, France (grave ref. l.D.32).
Ernest's brother Reginald James served in the Royal Flying Corps from 21 May 1917, probably transferring from the Army, and then the Royal Air Force from 1 April 1918 (81692). He transferred to the Royal Air Force Reserve on 14 March 1919 and was discharged on 30 April 1920. CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'Greater love hath no man that he lay down his life for his friends' WM25276. Exmouth War Memorial, Strand, Rolle Street, Exmouth EX8 1HL - Pile ESG Western Times, 15, 16 & 19 October 1917: ‘Roll of Honour. Latest Casualties. Mr and Mrs JJ Pile, of 33, Waverley-road, Exmouth, have received the sad news of the death at the Front by the bursting of a shell, of their youngest son, Pte Ernest Pile (Royal Scots Fusiliers). The deceased was only 24 years of age and married, and leaves a wife and infant daughter, who reside at Nottingham. He was at the time of joining up in business in Exeter. At one time he was a Sunday school teacher at All Saints Church, Exmouth, and a member of the Marpool Cricket Club, and was generally popular in the town.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Pile Ernest of 16 Byron-road West Bridgford Nottingham private HM Army died 30 September 1917 in France Administration (with Will) Nottingham 22 January to Ethel Elizabeth Pile widow. Effects £283 17s. 8d. His widow was awarded a pension of 23 shillings and 4 pence a week, first payable on 21st October 1918
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