Ernest Thake

Name

Ernest Thake

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

10/05/1916
19

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
2880
Hertfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY
III. R. 9,
France

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross

Pre War

Born in 1897 in Windmill Cottage, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire son of Charles and Ellen Thake. In 1901 he was living at Windmill Cottage in Much Hadham, later moving to Norman Cottage, Much Hadham. In 1911 he was living in Hadham Cross and working as a garden boy.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Bishop’s Stortford, entered France on 10 Jul 1915 and was killed in action in the front line at Givenchy on the Somme. Hertfordshire War Diary Extract: 10th May 1916 - Sgt. Gregory awarded military medal for gallantry for carrying two wounded men to a place of safety during a hostile artillery barrage of fire following explosion of a mine. Two men from the Herts Regiment were reported killed on the 10th and later buried at the Givenchy Cemetery. One was Ernest Thake.

Additional Information

Brother of Leading Seaman Oliver Thake who died on 16 Sep 1918 and is also commemorated on these memorials.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)