Those Commemorated

Gnr Ernest Hall

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records Gunner 53879 Ernest Hall, born in Little Wolford, died of wounds, aged 20, the brother of Mrs W Randall of Little Wolford; interred at Chapelle-d’Armentières Old Military Cemetery, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

In the 1911 Census, the 16 year old Ernest, a farm labourer, and his brother, Sam, aged 11 and still at school, were resident with their widowed mother, Jane, at The Lodge, Little Wolford. Sam, also a soldier, survived the war and was buried in Wolford in 1971.

Mrs Dorthy Warriner records: "Ernest Hall Joined up 23rd November 1914 in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was in training at Portsmouth and Gosport and went to France on 11th June, 1915. On 30th June he was in the gun detachment of the 31st battery of Trench Howitzers on forty-eight hours relief, with a corporal and a few others in a trench which was under very heavy firing, when he was shot by a sniper with an explosive bullet, which entered his chest, penetrated his lungs and came out of his back. He died the same night at 9.40pm. He was buried at the cemetery near Chapelle, called Desplanque Farm Cemetery".

Lawrie Thompson