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  • Commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Photograph courtesy of Lamb's great niece, Jacky Lamb.
Person Details
Sherwood Nottingham
Ernest William Lamb was the son of Frederick William and Ellen Gertrude Lamb (née Walker) His father Frederick William was born in 1872 (bap. 31 March) at Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, the son of William and Mary Lamb. He had at least two brothers, Albert and William, who were also born in Burton on Trent although their parents were born in Nottinghamshire in Wymeswold and Willioughby respectively. The family had returned to Nottingham by 1891 and living on Mansfield Road; Frederick was a small wares shop porter. His mother Ellen Gertrude Walker was born in 1871 at Dundalk, Ireland. In 1891 she was a domestic servant living on Private Road, Mapperley, in the household of James Heslop, a retired colliery manager, who employed two other servants, a housekeeper and a coachman/groom. Frederick and Ellen were married on 20 September 1894 at Carrington St John the Evangelist. They had four sons who were all born in Sherwood; the two eldest were baptised at St John's: Claud (or Claude) Frederick b. 1895 bap. 22 April 1896; Ernest William birth registered 1899 (J/F/M) bap. 1 March 1899; Leonard b. 1902 and Harry b. 1910. Frederick and Ellen were living at 15 Mansfield Street, Sherwood, when their two sons were baptised in 1896 and 1899, but by 1901 had moved to 3 Mapperley Street. Frederick was a smallware and hardware shop assistant. In 1911 the family was living at 5 Burnham Street, Sherwood. Claud was a butcher's errand boy, Ernest and Leonard (9) were at school and the youngest boy Harry. (who was to become a master butcher). was just one year old. Also in the household was Ellen’s sixty-nine year old mother Sarah (b. Epperstone, Nottinghamshire) who was described on the census as 'incapacitated.' Ernest's brother Claud enlisted in the army in 1915 at the age of 19. He was still living at home but the family was now at 20 Wicken Terrace, Livingston Street, Nottingham. Ellen Gertrude died at 20 Wicken Terrace on 9 October 1917 and buried in Carrington St John churchyard. At the time of Ernest's death in 1918 his father was living at 20 Victoria Terrace, St Ann’s Well Road. The widowed Frederick probably married Rose E Rockley in 1918 (reg. J/A/S). In 1939 Frederick, a traveller (hardware dealer), was recorded on the England & Wales Register living at 23 Owthorpe Grove, Nottingham, with his wife Rose (b. 1887), Elizabeth Rockley (b. 1853) widow and two others, Joyce Braund (b. 1921) single and Eileen Lamb (b. 1895) single (m. 1947, George Ward). Frederick probably died in 1944 (reg. Jan. Nottingham). Ernest's brother Claud served in the Army Service Corps (042256) during the war. He attested on 6 January 1915 and joined at Aldershot on 12 January 1915; Claud was a butcher and was tested 'in the ASC butcher's shop, Aldershot' the same day and judged to be competent. He served in France and qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Claud survived the war.
1911 - scholar
24 Mar 1918
782263 - CWGC Website
Attested Nottingham
11th Bn Cheshire Regiment
Ernest William Lamb enlisted in Nottingham and initially served with service number 29826 in the King’s Liverpool Regiment, later transferring to the Cheshire Regiment. He served in France from 19th December 1915. Ernest was killed in action on 24th March 1918 when his battalion was holding the front line west of Vaux during a German attack. Ernest has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France (Panels 5 & 6). He was entitled to the 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 11 October 1917: ‘Lamb. On October 9th, at 20, Wicken-terrace, Ellen Gertrude (Nellie), the dearly loved wife of Fredk. Lamb (late of Sherwood), after a long illness, patiently borne. Interment Carrington 2.30 Friday.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post Wednesday 10th April 1918:- 'LAMB – killed in action March 24th Pte E W Lamb aged 19 yrs, dearly beloved second son of F W Lamb and the late Ellen Gertrude Lamb of 20 Victoria Terrace, St Ann’s Well Road, from sorrowing father, brothers Len and Harry, & Claude in France.' Above courtesy of Lamb's great niece Jacky Holmes. Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his father Frederick William was his legatee. Research by Peter Gillings
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  • Commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Photograph courtesy of Lamb's great niece, Jacky Lamb.
    Ernest William Lamb - Commemorated on the Arras Memorial. Photograph courtesy of Lamb's great niece, Jacky Lamb.
  • Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    Ernest William Lamb - Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)