ACHEUX BRITISH CEMETERY
Plot 1. Row C. Grave 18. France
St Thomas' Mission Hall, Green Tye St Thomas' Church Memorial, Perry Green Much Hadham Village Memorial St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross
Born on 9 Mar 1899 and christened on 7 May 1899 in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire son of William and Rose Ellen Day of Chaldean Cottages, Much Hadham and later of Green Tye. He was a gardener and was unmarried when he enlisted in January 1917.
Enlisted at Mill Hill on 9 Jan 1917 initially in the 25th Training Reserve Bn. In December 1917, whilst still in England, he was charged with overstaying his leave. He was confined to barracks for 5 days and forfeited 3-days’ pay. He entered France on 8 Jan 1918 and transferred to the Norfolks on 13th Jan 1918. He died of gunshot wounds to the leg and head in the 37th Field Ambulance on the Somme. 7th Norfolk War Diary: 28 April 1918 -Two shells fell among "C" company as they were moving off to work. 7 killed 23 wounded some severely. 29th April -Shell fell among party of "B" company on way to work. Six casualties all wounded. It is presumed that Ernest was wounded by one of the shell attacks on either the 28th or 29th and died of his wounds on May 1st.
Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)