237062 1st/4th Battalion (Territorials) Northumberland Fusiliers
Ernest was born in Sudbury 2nd October 1898, the son of Harry and Agnes Lever, he had 4 brothers and a sister. The family lived at 35 Melford Road, where his father was the publican of The Plough. Ernest was a founder member of 3rd Sudbury Scout Troop, which was formed in 1912. After the war his parents were living at 107 Queen’s Road, Sudbury.
Prior to transferring to the Northumberland Fusiliers Ernest was in the Sussex Yeomanry. He returned to the front in March 1918 after being a witness at his sister’s wedding. His sister Lily recalled ‘waving from the house as he disappeared into North Street on his way back to France’. Shortly after returning to the front Ernest was taken prisoner. In October 1918 he sent a letter home from Langensalza Camp.
Ernest died aged 20 on 3rd November 1918, just 1 week before the Armistice, possibly of the influenza epidemic that swept through Europe at that time. Ernest lies buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Germany. His nephew Mr. Ernest Shaw was named after him.
A copy of a letter sent home is held on file by author.
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