Emery, Ernest Harry. Died 1st Oct 1916

Ernest Emery was born in Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire, in 1897. His birth was registered in the July quarter in the Registration District of Brixworth, reference 3b 189.

His parents were William Emery and Louisa Emily Robson. William was born in Stretton under Fosse and Louisa at Brinklow.

In the 1901 Census, the three of them, plus a younger sister, Elsie, were living at 17, Main Street, Cold Ashby, where William ran a Butcher and Grocer’s store. Hilda May Harriet, 14, sister-in-law was living with the family.

By the time of the 1901 Census, the family, plus a new sister for Ernest, Elsie, had moved to Rugby, at 27, Worcester Street. William is now a Butcher and Branch manager for the Cooperative Society.

When the war started Ernest was working at BTH, in the Turbine Dept. He immediately signed up, together with several workmates. They were recorded in a list in the Rugby Advertiser, published Sept. 5th 1914. They were sent to Exeter for training, and had their photos taken in Exeter when they eventually received their uniforms.

Ernest Harry Emery (Photograph © David Boult)

Ernest Harry Emery (Photograph © David Boult)

Ernest served in the Royal Horse Artillery, and was a Bombardier in the 82nd Small Arms Ammunition Column, with the number 1669.

He died of wounds, after being wounded accidentally, on 1st October, 1916 at Salonika. This is now Thessaloniki in Greece. He is buried at the Struma Military Cemetery, Kalokastrum, Serres in Central Macedonia. Grave reference 111.C.7. Struma is 70 km north-east of Salonika. The road running between them was used for movements of troops, and supplies, by the right wing of the Army to the Struma Front.

His mother had moved to 47, Newbold Road, Rugby.

Ernest Harry Emery is remembered on the BTH War Memorial and at St Phillip’s Church, as well as Rugby Memorial Gates. He was just 19 years old.