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World War One

Ernest Eddy

DIED - FRIDAY 24 DECEMBER 1915 - AGED 18


 

BORN IN CLOPHILL IN 1897

PRIVATE 4546. 5TH BATTALION BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT

ENLISTED IN BEDFORD.

COMMEMORATED IN PORTIANOS MILITARY CEMETERY, LEMNOS, GREECE.

 

In 1911 Ernest lived with his parents and 4 of his siblings in 2 Free Gardener's Cottage, Back Street Clophill. He worked as a farm labourer. His parents were Clara and Frank who was also a farm labourer.

It may be that Ernest and Percy, also named on our memorial, were 1st cousins. Ernest joined up in October 1914. He was in the same Battalion as J Lomas.


In March 1915, the 1st/5th Battalion moved from Bury to Norwich and then to St. Albans in May, where specialist training was stepped up and their formation was re-designated as the 162nd (East Midland) Brigade in the 54th (East Anglian) Division. On the 25th July hot climate uniforms were issued, the battalion were ordered to hurriedly collect all stores and equipment and they set off for the south coast on a series of trains.

The battalion left Devonport in July 1915, bound for Gallipoli, serving there between August and December. Only a small number of them remained by December 1915.

Ernest's British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Card states that he drowned. He died on Christmas Eve.

Port Portianos Military Cemetery was started August 1915 and used until August 1920, it contains 347 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. Because of its position, the island of Lemnos played an important part in the campaigns against Turkey during the First World War. It was occupied by a force of marines on 23 February 1915 in preparation for the military attack on Gallipoli, and Mudros became a considerable Allied camp.