Ernest William Tooley

Name

Ernest William Tooley

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

25/11/1916
21

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
33141
Leicestershire Regiment
8th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY
IV.A.79.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

Ernest was the son of Henry & Harriett Tooley who lived at 16 Alleynes Road, Stevenage. His father was a local tailor and before joining the Army Ernest had been employed by Leggetts fishmongers and by the Glazley Coach Works as a Coach Painter.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in the Army on the 26th February 1916 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and initially served with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Following the completion of his training he was posted to France on the 3rd November 1916 and on arrival he was transferred to the Leicestershire Regiment. He joined the 8th Battalion on the 16th November and a few days later, on the 23rd, the Battalion were in positions in the Hohenzollern sector of the Western Front. They were heavily bombarded for nearly four hours by German trench mortars and it is believed that it was during this bombardment that Ernest was wounded. He was taken to No.7 General Hospital at St. Omer where he died two days later and is buried in the Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson