Date of birth: October 1896
Parents: George Albert and Ann Elizabeth Waters
Address: Hatton Hill, near Warwick
Ernest Edward Waters was baptised at Wilmcote on October 20th 1896.
In the 1901 census, Ernest (4) was living with his parents Albert and Elizabeth in Aston Cantlow and sister Winifred (1). Albert was working as a stone quarryman.
By 1911 George Albert and Elizabeth A Waters were living at Hatton Hill with sons Ernest and Percy J (7) and daughters Winifred E (11) and Dorothy E (4) plus a nephew Ernest A Houghton (who was 20 and a cowman on a farm). Ernest was working as a farm boy.
Ann Elizabeth died in 1958 in Warwick at the age of 87. George Albert died in 1952 in Stratford upon Avon.
Ernest’s older brother, Charles Benjamin, also died in France and is commemorated on the Warwick War Memorial.
Rank & Number: Rifleman, R/8308
Regiment/Service: 8th (Service) Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Date of death: Tuesday 22nd August 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Died at Rouen Hospital, of wounds received in action
Commemorated/Buried: St Sever Cemetery, Rouen
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: Hatton, Haseley, Shrewley & Beausale Cross (WMR 19500), Hatton Village Hall - WW1 Plaque (WMR 19505)
Ernest signed up at Warwick on 19th December 1914, aged 18.
He was posted to the 8th Service Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps in Winchester. He was further posted to France with the British Expeditionary Force on 18th May 1915.
Ernest was wounded in action on 17th August and died on 22nd August 1916 at Rouen hospital. His mother wrote to the Corps requesting his effects, and specifically his watch, in December 1916.
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