Ernest Lines


Ernest Lines


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

East Surrey Regiment
9th Bn.


British War and Victory medals


Panel 34.

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Christchurch Plaque, now in Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo
Essendon War Memorial
St Mary the Virgin Church Memorial, Essendon.

Pre War

Born in 1884, in Bengeo, Hertford to parents George and Harriet. Baptised on the 24th October 1884, in Bengeo, Herts. He attended Bengeo Christ Church National School. He had one sister Annie and two brothers Frederick and Frank. The 1891 census shows Ernest aged 6 years living with his Parents, 2 Brothers and Sister in Wellington Street, Bengeo, Hertford, Herts. In 1901 aged 16 years living with his parents, 2 Brothers and Sister at 28 Wellington Street, Hertford, Herts. His occupation is a Carpenter, his father was employed as an engine driver whilst Ernest was a carpenter. He married Adelaide Beatrice West on 30th May 1906 in Camden Town and the 1911 census records them living at 95 Wellington Street, Hertford with two daughters Rose Harriet and Amy Kathleen. Ernest was the recorded as a carpenter & joiner.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford and his unit sent to France on 1st September 1915 and they fought in the first Somme campaign and then in 1917 at Arras, the Scarpe and 3rd Ypres. On 3rd August they were in the front lines trenches at Zillebeck when they came under heavy enemy artillery fire, during this period Ernest was killed in action and his body not recovered.

Additional Information

His personal inscription on the headstone reads: “Son of George and Harriett Lines, 28 Wellington Street, Hertford, Herts: Husband of Adelaide B Lines of Essendon, Hatfield, Herts.”


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