Ernest Hutchings

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           7927

Unit:                     1st/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

 Ernest was born in Chilton, Bridgwater Somerset in 1900.  His parents were Herbert & Laura Hutchings.  At the time of the 1911 census the family had moved to 69 Beaufort Road, St George, Bristol. Ernest father Herbert was a blacksmith originally from Montacute Somerset.

1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment were in Bordon serving with 3rd Brigade, 1st Division when war was declared in August 1914. They proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre on the 13th of August 1914 and fought on the Western Front throughout the war, taking part in most of the major actions. In 1914 they were involved in The Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, the First Battle of Ypres and the Winter Operations of 1914-15. In 1915 they were in action during The Battle of Aubers and The Battle of Loos. In 1916 they were in action in the Battles of the Somme. In 1917 they saw action in The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and the Third Battle of Ypres. In 1918 the Battles of the Lys, the Second Battles of Arras, the Battles of the Hindenburg Line, The Battle of the Selle and The Battle of the Sambre, in which the Division fought the Passage of the Sambre-Oise Canal. At the Armistice, 1st Division was selected to advance into Germany and formed part of the Occupation Force at Bonn

Earnest was killed in action on 23rd July 1916, during Battles of the Somme. Earnest is remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial which commemorates officers and men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) who fell at the battles and have no known graves.   Pier & Face 5A & 5B.    

            

Image by D R Crew.

Ernest was awarded The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.


References

Comonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers Died in the Great War

1901 & 1911 cencus

Wikipedia