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He was born about 1894 the son of William and Betsy Ann Wardle (nee Wakefield) who were married in Nottingham in 1886 (Jul/Aug/Sep). His parents had two other children, Walter and Emily. In 1891 William (26) and Betsy (25) were living at 15 Ball Yard in the parish of Nottingham St Mary; they had one child, Walter (8 months). William was employed as a framework knitter. The family has not been traced on the 1901 census, but in 1911 William and Betsy were living at 43 Millstone Lane, Glasshouse Street, Nottingham, with their three children, Walter (20), Ernest (15) and Emily (14). William was now working as a railway porter. It is likely that Betsy Wardle died at the age of 49 (b. abt 1865) in late 1913 or early 1914 (Jan/Feb/Mar 1914). Her husband probably died in the summer of 1915 (death registered Jul/Aug/Sep), shortly after their son's death; William was 51 years old (b. abt 1864).
When he enlisted in 1912 he was a lace dresser.
15 Jan 1915
391236 - CWGC Website
4th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
'C' Coy. He enlisted on 9 December 1912 (Short Service Attestation) at the age of 17 years and 7 months, and transferred to the Army Reserve. He would have been mobilized as a reservist but did not serve with the Expeditionary Force. He reported sick on 6 January 1915 and was admitted to hospital in Newcastle with enteric fever. He died in Newcastle on 15 January and was buried in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Byker And Heaton) Cemetery.
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 16 January 1915: 'Wardle. On January 15th at Newcastle on Tyne of enteric fever, Ernest Wardle, 4th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, son of W Wardle, Millstone Lane, Nottingham.' William and Walter were named as legatees on the Register of Soldiers' Effects. In March 1915 the army arranged for Ernest's personal effects to be returned to his father at 43 Millstone Lane.
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