Ernest Daniel Poulter

Name

Ernest Daniel Poulter

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

22/03/1918
26

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
16616
Bedfordshire Regiment
“C” Company, 7th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

POZIERES MEMORIAL
Panel 29
France

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town
Welwyn Village Memorial, Welwyn
St Mary the Virgin Roll of Honour, Welwyn
Not on the Baldock memorials

Pre War

Born in Baldock in 1892 to butcher Daniel and his wife Jane. He was their first-born son, but he had five sisters. Later his father kept the Red Lion in Norton Street, Baldock, but Daniel died in 1905, after which his widow stayed running the Red Lion, until at least 1908. In 1911 he was living in Welwyn, boarding in Mill lane Welwyn and also working as a butcher. In early 1918 he married Lilian Smith in Royston. Enlisted in Hertford.

Wartime Service

He was sent to France on 30th August 1915. Initially serving with the 8th Battalion. He had been transferred to the 7th Battalion Ernest was reported as missing in action whilst the Battalion was involved in fighting at Crozat Canal on the 22nd March 1918. At 7am the Battalion were in position, but all attempts to blow up the bridge across the canal failed owing to lack of explosive. The Battalion’s War Diary describes the day - “Crozat Canal 7am. Battalion in position, but all attempts to blow up bridge failed owing to lack of explosive. 5.45pm Heavy attack by enemy on La Montagne Bridge, "C" Coy. on left flank came under very heavy machine gun fire & were forced to retire, enemy crossing Bridge. Counter-attack by 2 Companies Northants, assisted by "C" Coy, restored situation & by 7.30 p.m. all enemy were thrown back across Bridge.” A counter-attack by the Northamptonshire Regiment, assisted by "C" Coy, restored the situation and by 7.30 p.m. all enemy were thrown back across Bridge. Ernest was not seen again and has no known grave. His name is recorded on the Pozieres Memorial, France.

Additional Information

Ernest had a younger brother, Reuben, who served in the Army Service Corps. War gratuity of £20 awarded to his wife Lilian.

Acknowledgments

Adrian Pitts, Paul Johnson, Paul Jiggens, Welwyn and District History Society - www.welwynww1.co.uk, Brenda Palmer