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Ernest Charlton was born in 1893 at Nottingham and was the son of Richard a postman and Elizabeth Charlton née Pask of 16 Collison Street, Nottingham. His father Richard was born in 1853 at Radford and his mother Elizabeth Pask was born in 1854 in Timberland, Lincolnshire, they were married in 1875 at Radford and went on to have 13 children, two sadly dying in infancy or early childhood. Their surviving children were all born in Nottingham and were , Arthur b1877, Edith b1880, Annie b1883, Mary 1885, Ethel b1886, William b1888, Nellie b1890, Ernest b1893, Walter b1894, Lily b1897 and Dorothy b1899. In the 1911 census the family are shown living at 16 Collison Street, Nottingham, and are shown as Richard 58 yrs a medically retired postman, he is living with his wife Elizabeth 57 yrs and their children Mary 26 yrs a paper bag maker, William 23 yrs a commercial traveller, Nellie 21 yrs no occupation listed, Ernest 18 yrs a groom, Walter 17 yrs a dray lad, Lily 14 yrs a net drawer and Dorothy 12 yrs a scholar.
1911 census - Groom Driver for Pork Butchers
14 Apr 1917
1543275 - CWGC Website
Radford Nottingham
Lance Corporal
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
19526 Lance Corporal Ernest Charlton enlisted at Nottingham he entered theatre (France) on 18 August 1915 and joined the 2nd battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nott's and Derby Regiment). At some point he was posted to the 1st battalion and on 14 April 1917 they were on the Somme at Gouzeaucourt. They had been relieved on 12th but sent forward again the next morning with orders to advance and straighten matters out on the right flank but they encountered heavy machine gun and rifle fire. The enemy wire was also intact and the battalion was forced back to its original line, having incurred many casualties. Ernest was one of these and he has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Somme.
His younger brother Walter Charlton enlisted on 9th January 1915 at Nottingham, he gave his age as 19 yrs and 10 months his address was 41 Norton Street, Radford, his occupation was a town carter. His next of kin was his father Richard of 14 Foster Street, Radford. He was posted as a driver to the Royal Field Artillery and joined them at No 1 Depot Newcastle on Tyne on 13th January 1915. He posted on 10th May 1915 to No 3 battery Royal Field Artillery. He landed in France on 4th October 1915 and was wounded in action on 3rd January 1916 by a gun shot wound to his shoulder and leg, he was admitted to hospital at Boulogne and was operated on to remove shrapnel from his wounds. He was returned to England on 6th January 1916 for further treatment. On 29th August 1916 he appeared before a medical board and was found medically unfit for war service due to his wounds which had caused him to walk with a limp and the aid of a stick. He was discharged from the Army on 25th September 1916 his address on discharge being 26 Gawthorne Street, New Basford. He died in December 1918 and was buried on 6th December 1918. He was 23 yrs of age. .Soldiers Died in the Great War - Charlton Ernest, born Nottingham, enlisted Nottingham, abode Radford Nott's, 19526, L/Cpl, killed in action, France and Flanders, 14/4/17. He probably enlisted in November 1914.
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