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Ernest West


Name: Ernest West

Rank: Private

Service Number: 24910

Regiment: Devonshire Regiment (formerly 26592 Dorsetshire Regiment)

Battalion/Unit number: 1st Battalion

Date/year of Birth: c. 1882

Place of Birth: North Petherton

Place of Residence: 2 Court Canon Street, Taunton

Date of Death: 10th April 1918

Place of Death: France

Burial/Memorial: Bienvillers Military Cemetery

Ernest was born in North Petherton in 1884, the son of William and Jemima West, William was an agricultural labourer. The family moved to Priorswood in Taunton in about 1890.  Ernest had at least six brothers and sisters, Kate, William, George, Lily, Maude and Sydney.

Ernest married Lily Macey in about 1906 and by 1911 they were living in Coal Orchard, Taunton with Lily's daughter Violet Rosie Macey and Ernest's youngest brother, Sydney.  Ernest was a carter to a general haulier and Lily a silk drawer.  His mother had died and his father was living in North Petherton with his daughter Kate and her husband.

Ernest joined up after 1915, his medal roll indicates that he was he was not awarded the 1914/15 Star and the enlistment return indicated he served a year at home and 10 months in France before his death. He joined the Dorsetshire Regiment which was serving in France. His address was then given as No 2 Court Canon Street

Ernest appears to have died towards the end of the final German offensive towards Amiens. The 1st battalion Dorsetshire Regiment were involved in the battles of Arras and Ancre in March and April, although the main German offensive had waned by the 5th April.



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