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Ermest was the son of George Blackburn and his wife Charlotte Jane (née Twells) and the husband of Gertrude Clara (née Hulatt). Ernest's parents, George and Charlotte Jane Blackburn, were married in 1875 (reg. Nottingham) and had seven children, all born in Nottingham and baptised at Nottingham Holy Trinity: Albert Henry b. 1876, John Herbert b. 1877, Alice birth registered 1879 (J/F/M), George b. 1880, Ernest b. 1882, Nelly (or Nellie) b. 1883 and Arthur b. 1885. The family was living at 42 Skynner Street, Nottingham, when the children were baptised between 1884 and 1885 but had moved to Mansfield Road, Nottingham, in 1891. By 1901 the family had moved to Leicester and were living on Abney Street with six of their seven children: Alice (22), George (20) Ernest (18) a monumental mason, Nelly (17) and Arthur (15). The eldest child, Albert Henry, had married in 1898 and he and his wife were also living in Leicester By 1911 only the youngest son, Arthur, was still living with his parents who had now moved to Lord Byron Street, Leicester. Ernest married Gertrude Clara Hulatt (b. Leicester 1884) at Leicester St Peter on 16 August 1903. They had six children, the youngest of whom was born after Ernest's death and died in infancy: Ernest George b. Leicester 1904; Nellie b. Leicester 1906; Lydia Elizabeth b. Mansfield 1908; Gertrude b. Mansfield 1911; Arthur Henry b. Mansfield 1914 and Leonard b. Mansfield May 1918 d. 1918. In 1911 Ernest and Gertrude were living at 29 Broomhill Lane, Mansfield, with their three children, Ernest George (7), Nellie (5) and Lydia (2). Gertrude was born later that year, Arthur in 1913 and Leonard in May 1918, five months after the death of his father. Ernest's army service record contains correspondence dated May and June 1918 between his widow and the army concerning the payment for her sixth child, Leonard, which she had not received. Gertrude completed a form for the army in 1919 listing Ermest's surviving blood relatives: Widow Gertrude Clara and children: Ernest, Nellie, Lydia, Gertrude and Arthur, all of 29 Broomhill Lane, Mansfield. Parents: George and Charlotte Blackburn, 10 Wordsworth Road, Leicester Brothers: John Henry, 16 Bampton Street Loughborough, and George, 35 Healey Street South Wigston Sisters: Alice Watson, address not known, and Nellie Bates, 10 Wordsworth Road Clarendon Leicester Ernest's younger brother Arthur served with the Royal Field Artillery and was killed on 15 July 1917 leaving a widow and three children (see 'Extra information'). Ernest's widow Gertrude Clara probably had another child, Albert, in 1921 (reg. J/F/M Mansfield, mother's maiden name Hulatt). Albert has not yet been traced on the 1939 England & Wales Register, but there is a CWGC record for: 'Albert Blackburn, 4976259 Private, 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters, died 13 June 1942 (Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Libya) age 21. Son of Gertrude Blackburn of Mansfield Nottinghamshire.' Gertrude was still living at 29 Broomhill Lane in 1939. She probably died in 1959 (J/F/M Mansfield).
He was a monumental mason in 1891 and later described his occupation as mason and letter cutter (memorial trade).
05 Dec 1917
741071 - CWGC Website
29 Broomhill Lane, Mansfield. Enlisted Mansfield
Lance Corporal
Royal Engineers
232nd Army Troops Coy Ernest attested on 6 August 1915 aged 33 years 99 days and was posted to the Royal Engineers (Sapper). He was promoted lance corporal on 29 February 1916, based on his skill as a mason, and served with the BEF France from 9 March 1916. Ernest was killed on 5 December 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France (Bay 1). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Ernest's youngest brother, Arthur, married Mabel Kate Nixon (b. 1887) in 1913 (Leicester) and they had three children, Charles Arthur, Nora May and Marjorie. Arthur served in the 74th Division HQ, Royal Field Artillery (L/29057 Driver) and was killed on 15 July 1917 (Ismailia War Cemetery, Egypt). His widow and their three children were living in Poole, Dorset, in 1939. Arthur's son, Charles Arthur, served in the RAFVR (87663 Flight Lieutenant) during the Second World War and was killed on 18 November 1942 (Alamein Memorial, Egypt). CWGC incorrectly cites 36 as Ernest's age at death. He was born A/M/J/1882 so was 35. CWGC Additional information: 'Husband of Gertrude Blackburn, of 29, Broomhill Lane, Mansfield, Notts.' Ernest's personal possessions were returned to his wife at 29 Broomhill Lane in April 1918 and comprised: pocket knife, hymn book, handkerchief, comb, pipe, photos, letters, pencil. Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow Gertrude was his sole legatee.
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  • Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    Ernest Blackburn - Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)