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  • Photograph originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the 'Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918', deposited Worksop Library.
Person Details
28 Nov 1880
Finningley Nottinghamshire
Ernest Albert was the son of William and Emma Edwards (née Wilde). His father William was born in West Felton, Shropshire, in about 1846 and by 1871 was employed as a butler by George Lister, a landowner, at Finningley Park Hall near Austerfield near Bawtry. Among the indoor staff was a housemaid, Emma Wilde (29 b. Hathern Leicestershire), whom William married in 1871 (reg. J/A/S Wakefield). William and Emma had eight children who were all born on the estate (births recorded Doncaster registration district) and baptised at the parish church of St Helena, Austerfield: William Edward b. 1872 bap. 4 August 1872; Samuel Harman b. 1874 bap. 19 April 1874; George Charles b. 1875 bap. 27 June 1875; John Henry b. 1876 bap. 18 June 1877; Arthur Herbert b. 1879 bap. 31 August 1879; Ernest Albert b. 1880 bap. (Albert Ernest) 28 November 1880; Margaret Harriet b. 1881 bap. 18 June 1882 and Edith Emma birth registered 1886 (J/F/M) bap. 4 July 1886. In 1881 William and Emma were living at The Cottage, Austerfield, with their six children: William (8), Samuel (5), George (5), John (4), Arthur (1) and Albert-sic (under 1 year). Their first daughter Margaret was born later that year and their second daughter Edith five years later. By 1891 only the five youngest children - John, Arthur, Ernest, Margaret and Edith - were still at home and in 1901 only Edith (15) was living with her parents who were still at The Cottage. William had retired by 1911 and he and Emma were living at Thornbury Cottage, Lound, near Retford. They were still living in Lound when Ernest was killed in 1918. In 1901 Ernest (19) was employed as a footman at 'The Rocks Mansion', Uckfield, Sussex, by Richard Streatfield ('living on own means'); he and his wife Mary employed five outdoor staff (coachmen/stablemen and groom) and nine indoor staff including two footmen. Ten years later Ernest was a butler at Bank House, Lewes, Sussex, in the household of Francis Whitfield, a banker, who employed six indoor staff. A short time later, Ernest moved to Worksop where he was the proprietor of the Waverley Hotel and café on Bridge Street. He married Sarah Jane Pearson (b. Cumberland 19 April 1892) at Worksop parish church on 12 February 1916; both were living at the Waverley Hotel. They had a daughter, Edith, who was born in 1916 (reg. J/A/S Wigton Cumberland) but who died in 1923 (J/F/M Cockermouth). The later CWGC record gave his widow's address as the Waverley Hotel, Worksop, but by 1920, when Ernest's possessions were returned to her, she was living in Bassenthwaite, Cockermouth, Cumberland.
1901 - footman. 1911 - butler. He later became the proprietor of the Waverley Hotel and cafe, Bridge Street, Worksop.
19 Sep 1918
38
1649251 - CWGC Website
25924
Private
9th Bn King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
9th Bn King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) formerly 4th Bn North Staffordshire Regiment. The war had been raging for over a year when Ernest attested at Worksop on 10 December 1915, naming his father of Thornbury Cottage, Lound, as his next of kin. Ernest transferred to the Army Reserve the following day. He married Sarah Jane Pearson in February 1916, shortly before he was moblised, and she replaced his father as his next of kin. Ernest was mobilised on 9 June 1916 and posted to the 4th Bn North Staffordshire Regiment. He was transferred to the 9th Bn King' Own on 18 October 1916 and joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, embarking Devonport on 4th November 1916 disembarking Salonika 12 days later. Ernest spent two years in theatre. He was admitted to 29th General Hosptial on 26 August 1917, rejoining for duty in early October. However, he was admitted to 68 Field Ambulance on 14 October 1917 and admitted to hospital the following day, not rejoining his battalion until 1 February 1918. Ernest was reported missing in action on 19 September 1918; he was 38 years old. However, his death was not confirmed until November the following year. His service record was annotated: “missing, death assumed by War Office through lapse of time having occurred on or since 19/9/1918”. Ernest has no known grave and is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.
Ernest's parents lived in Lound and his wife in Worksop, and his name appears on memorials in both Lound and Worksop: Sutton cum Lound St Bartholomew, Lound (village green), Worksop St Mary & St Cuthbert (Priory) Church, Worksop St Anne and the Worksop Cenotaph, Memorial Avenue. CWGC Additional Information: 'Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Edwards, of Lound, Retford, Notts; husband of Sarah Jane Edwards, of Waverley Hotel, Worksop, Notts.' On 27 January 1920, Ernest's personal effects were sent to his wife who was now living in Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth. His belongings comprised:- 1 razor, 1 silver photo case, 1 metal mirror, 5 coins, 1 cig holder, 1 purse, 1 cig lighter, 1 stylo pen, 1 fountain pen, letters, 3 wallets, photographs and cards, book of photographs, 1 watch glass (broken), 1 English French dictionary. Original research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Photograph originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the 'Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918', deposited Worksop Library.
    Ernest Albert Edwards - Photograph originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the 'Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918', deposited Worksop Library.
  • Commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece. (www.cwgc.org)
    Ernest Albert Edwards - Commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece. (www.cwgc.org)