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Ernest John Sedgbeer

 

Name: Ernest John Sedgbeer

Rank: Private

Service Number: 14668

Regiment: Dorsetshire

Battalion/Unit number: 1st Battalion

Date/year of Birth: 1891

Place of Birth: Taunton

Place of Residence: 6, Home Cottages, Frieze Hill

Date of Death: 7th July 1916, having died of wounds age 24

Place of Death: Theatre of war - home.  Death registered in Lambeth.

Burial/Memorial: Taunton St James Cemetery

Ernest John Sedgbeer was one of six children of Henry and Alice Sedgbeer.  In 1901 the family was living at 9 Paradise Row, near Station Road.  By 1911 John, aged 19, was working as a miner in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, and lodging with the Duggins family of 22 New Road, Ynysybwl, Glamorgan.  By this time the family had moved within Taunton to 6 Home Cottages, Frieze Hill, with Alice working in the steam laundry, daughter Gertrude a collar worker, and daughter Bessie at home.

The Borough records list all four Sedgbeer sons and father Henry serving in the war.  While Ernest John joined the Dorset Regiment with his brother Charles, Albert served in the North Somerset Yeomanry and Arthur was a Stoker in the Royal Navy.  Henry, who would have been 48 in 1914, served in the Royal Army Service Corps.

The exact circumstances of Ernest John's death are not known, although he did die of wounds on 7th July 1916, with his death being registered in Lambeth and his remains being buried in St James Cemetery in Taunton.  As a member of the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment he would have been attached to the 32nd Division serving on the Western Front.  This Division took part in the Battle of the Somme, which began on 1st July 1916.  It is unlikely that Private Sedgbeer was involved in that battle, as he died of wounds back in Great Britain on 7th July, but was probably injured during the preparations for the offensive in the Somme region.

 

 

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