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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Rocquigny-Equancourt Rod British Cemetery. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
29 Aug 1888
Bulwell Nottingham
Ernest was the son of John Samuel Todd and his wife Sarah Ethel Todd nee Barnes. John Samuel was born in Oughtibridge, Yorkshire West Riding, in 1855 (J/F/M Worley) and Sarah Ethel in Nottingham in about 1857. They were married in 1883 (O/N/D Nottingham) and had four children of whom only three survived: Ernest Frederick b. 29 August 1888, Catherine Lucy b. 16 February 1892 (J/F/M Basford) and John Barnes b. 9 August 1894 (J/A/S Basford). All three children were born in Bulwell. In 1891 John (36) a hosiery manufacturer (own account) and Sarah (34) were living at 50 Gaul Street, Bulwell, with their two-year old son, Ernest Frederick. Also in the home on the night of the census were two visitors, presumably Sarah's relatives: Mary Ellen Barnes (16) and Emily Barnes (14) who were both hosiery machine hands. By 1901 John and Sarah had moved to Highbury Road, Bulwell. They now had three children, Errnest (12), Catherine (9) and John (6). However, by 1911 the family was living at 86 Burford Road, Nottingham. John was now working as an agent ('boiler requisites) and his three children were all in work, Ernest (22) and Lucy (19) both as hosiery machine workers and John (16) as a clerk for the municipal council. There was also a boarder in the household, Gertrude Oliver (28) a post office clerk. The family home was still at 86 Burford Road at the time of Ernest's death in December 1917. John Samuel Todd died in February 1926 (J/F/M Nottingham) and his widow Sarah Ethel in 1937 (J/A/S Nottingham). Of Ernest's siblings: Catherine Lucy was recorded in the 1939 England & Wales Register living in Carlton with her brother John and his wife Doris. She was still working as a hosiery worker (overlocker). However, she married a William E Richardson in 1941 (J/A/S Basford). It is possible that William died in 1953 (b. abt 1891 d. 1953 J/F/M Nottingham aged 62) and Catherine later went to live in Skegness where her brother also went to live after the death of his wife. Catherine died aged 90 on 7 August 1982 (J/A/S Spilsby Lincolnshire); at the time of her death she was living at 10 Alexandra Court, Alexandra Road, Skegness. John Barnes married Doris Edna May Wildgust (b. 12 March 1901) in 1924 (J/A/S Basford). In 1939 they were living in Carlton; John was described as a clerk (local government). His unmarried sister, Catherine Lucy, was living with them. Doris Todd died on 11 October 1959; she and John were then living at 11 Hazel Grove, Mapperley, and John was described on the Probate record as a retired commercial clerk. John died at the age of 84 on 25 February 1979 (J/F/M Spilsby Lincolnshire); he was then living at 9 Alexandra Court, Alexandra Road, Skegness.
He was educated at the Nottingham High School. In 1911 he was a hosiery machine worker and was described as a framework knitter when he enlisted in 1915.
23 Dec 1917
244805 - CWGC Website
Bristol Z/4600
Able Seaman
Hood Bn Royal Naval Division
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Ernest enlisted on 8 November 1915 and was drafted for the British Expeditionary Force (France) on 27 February 1917. He joined Hood Battalion RND on 22 March 1917 and served with the Battalion until his death. He died of wounds received in action at the 21st Casualty Clearing Station on 23 December 1917 and is buried in the Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt. Extract from Hood Bn War Diary, 23 December 1917: ‘Left Sub Sector 189th Brigade Front. DHQ bombed. Casualties (Among Bn, guard at DHQ). Wounded 4 Other Ranks (3 died of wounds since)’
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour, 2 January 1918: ‘Todd. Died of wounds, AB E.F. Todd, son of JS and SE Todd, 86, Burford-road. Probate: Todd John Barnes of 9 Alexandra Ct Alexandra Rd Skegness L:incs died 25 February 1979 Probate Nottingham 3 April £12034 Probate: Richardson Catherine Lucy of 10 Alexandra Ct Alexandra Rd Skegness Lincs died 7 August 1982 Probate Leeds 6 October not exceeding £25000
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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Rocquigny-Equancourt Rod British Cemetery. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Ernest Frederick Todd - Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Rocquigny-Equancourt Rod British Cemetery. Courtesy of Murray Biddle