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Ernest was born in 1892 in Huthwaite and was the son of John George and Mary Ellen Bower. John George died in 1894 when Ernest was only 2 years old. Mary Ellen remarried in 1905 to Samuel Buxton and they lived at 94 Mason Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield. In the 1901 census Ernest is living with his grandparents home at New Fall Street, Huthwaite, he is shown as being 8 years of age , his grandfather John Bedford 56 yrs is a pork butcher and his grandmother Annie 53 years, his mother Mary E Bower is shown as a widow, 31 yrs and a dress maker is living at the address. In 1905 Ernest mother Mary re marries Sam Buxton a grocer and by the 1911 census we find the family living at 94 Mason Street, Sutton in Ashfield, Sam is 40 years of age and a grocer , his wife Mary Ellen Buxton is also 40 yrs and they have a son John William Buxton 5 yrs and Ernest who by now is 18 years of age and a pork butchers assistant is shown as a stepson to Sam Buxton. In 1/4 1916 Ernest marries his wife Lillian Oldham in Mansfield.
Pork Butcher's Assistant.
03 Jun 1917
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Lance Corporal
11th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
Ernest enlisted in Sutton in Ashfield and served with service number 37663 in the North Staffordhsire Regiment. He later transferred to the 11th battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. He became a Lance Corporal and was killed in action on 3rd. June, 1917, he is buried in Costtaverne Wood Cemetery, Belgium , grave reference VI D 7
Notts. Free Press 15th. June, 1917 Huthwaite Soldier Killed Lance-corporal E. Bower News was received on the 7th. inst. of the death in action of Lance-Corporal E. Bower (North Staffs Regiment). The intimation was conveyed to his wife by a letter from Second Lieutenant R. H. Penny, who stated that Lance - Corporal Bower was killed instantaneously on the previous Sunday while in action with a machine-gun section. The deceased soldier was 24 years of age and had been married 15 months. He was in business in New Fall Street, and was brought up by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bedford. His death occurred just a year after his joining up. He had been some time in France, and Second Lieutenant Penny’s letter assured his wife of the sympathy of himself and the whole platoon. Lance-Corporal Bower was well-known in the town, and his death has been a great blow to his aged grandparents. In memoriam published 3rd June 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “BOWER. – In loving memory of my dear son, Lance-Cpl. Ernest Bower, Huthwaite, killed in action June 3rd, 1917. When alone in sorrow bitter tears flow, there stealeth a dream of sweet long ago, unknown to the world he stands by my side, and whispers, dear mother, death cannot divide. – From his loving mother, brother Jack, and step-father.” Above in memoriam is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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