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Ernest Chilvers was born in 1897 at Stragglethorpe and was the son of Philip a yardman on a farm and Sarah Jane Chilvers née Skelton of Hawton Grange, Newark. His father Phillip was born in 1871 at Castle Acre, Norfolk and his mother Sarah Jane Skelton was born in 1869 at Normanton on Trent, they were married on 7th April 1896 at Swinton near Rotherham, they went on to have 7 children, sadly one died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were Ernest b1898 Stragglethorpe, Elizabeth b1900 Buckworth, Lincs, Mable Annie b1901 Sawtry, Lincs, Wiliam b1904 Sawtry, Ellen b1907 Barowby, Lincs and Ethel May b1910 Sibthorpe. In the 1911 census the family are living at Top Green, Sibthorpe and are shown as Phillip 40 yrs a yardman on a farm, he is living with his wife Sarah Jane 42 yrs and their children, Ernest 13 yrs a farm labourer, Elizabeth 11 yrs a scholar, Mabel Annie 10yrs a scholar, William 7 yrs, Ellen 4 yrs, and Ethel May 1 year old
He was a farm labourer
27 Oct 1915
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1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Ernest Chilvers enlisted at Newark on 24th November 1914, he gave his age as 18 yrs, (Born in 1897 he was only 17 yrs of age.)he resided at Hawton Grange near Newark and his father Phillip of the same address was his next of kin. He stated he was a farm labourer and was employed by J.Hobb of Norwell. he was posted to the 2/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment. On 28th June 1915 he was transferred to the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters and on the same date he embarked from Southampton, he disembarked the following day at Rouen, France. He was wounded in action on 14th October 1915 at Abbeville, he had a gun shot wound to his back, he was admitted to the 1st casualty clearing station and transferred to the 5th stationary hospital at Abbeville where he died of his wounds on 27th October 1915. He is buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.
Article published on 15th August 1917 in the Newark Advertiser :- Eldest son of Philip & Sarah Jane Chilvers of Hawton Grange Cottage. Was in farm service with Mr Robb, at Norwell for eighteen months before enlisting on Nov. 24th, 1914. Joined 2/8th Sherwood Foresters, subsequently transferred to 1/8th. First to inform Mrs Cartwright, who lives next door to his parents, of the death in action of her son Pte. George Cartwright. The two having been firm friends. Admitted to No.5 Stationary Hospital, B Section, Abbeville with a very severe gunshot wound in the abdomen. Passed away very quietly at 9:00 pm on Oct. 27th.
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