Ernest J Cakebread


Ernest J Cakebread


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Princess Charlotte of Wales’ (Royal Berkshire) Regiment


British War and Victory medals


A. 42. 17.
United Kingdom


>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Hertford Grammar Memorial - now Richard Hale School, Hertford
Christchurch Plaque, now in Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo
St Mary’s Church Memorial, Ware
Christchurch Memorial, Ware
Ware Town Memorial

Pre War

Born in 1897, in Ware, to parents Arthur Edward and Ellen Cakebread. He had two brothers and three sisters and in 1901 they were living at 8 Bourne Hill, Ware and his father was a wood carter. By 1911 they had moved to 14 Vicarage Road, Ware and his father was now a labourer carman and Ernest was a newsboy

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford formerly 6018 Hertfordshire Regiment and transferred to Royal Berkshire Regiment. This battalion was raised at Reading in September 1914, they trained at Colchester and moved to Salisbury Plain in May 1915. They went to France on 26th July 1915 and the division concentrated at Flesselles. In 1916 they took part in a number of the Somme battles, including Albert, Delville Wood and Thiepval Ridge. As Ernest died of his wounds in the UK, in hospital in King’s Norton, Worcestershire. It is difficult to say at which battle he had received them

Additional Information

Brother of Private Charles Edward Cakebread who was killed in action on 30 Aug 1918 and is also commemorated on some of the same memorials.


Jonty Wild
Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins