Hardwick, Ernest William John

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 33
Date of birth: January 1883

Parents: Charles and Mrs Hardwick
Wife: Mrs A Hardwick
Address: 5 Avon Street

Occupation: Coach Finisher - Railways

Ernest was born in January 1883 in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. He had one older brother Percy and two younger brothers Harry and Archie. His father Charles worked on the railways as a Brake Fitter.

In 1901, at the age of 14, Ernest was also working on the railways as a furnace boy. According to the 1911 census Ernest was boarding with a family in Dukinfield, near Manchester. He was still working on the railways but had become a Coach Finisher.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Lance Corporal, 4476
Regiment/Service: 2nd/5th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 82nd Brigade, 61st Division
Date of death: Sunday, December 10, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Pozieres British Cemetery, Somme
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at:

Ernest’s youngest brother Archie joined up in 1914. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and survived the war


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