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Private Ernest William Haselwood

31 October 1916
Pte Ernest William Haselwood  s/no 17001 D Coy 1st Bn  age 38
buried Struma Military Cemetery plot VII B 5

Ernest came from a family of agricultural workers.  He was born in late 1878 in Bradfield St George, the son of Charles and Jane Haselwood.  The family moved around, presumably following the farming work, from Drinkstone Green to Gazeley and finally to Norton.  By this time Charles was a farm bailiff and Ernest was a stockman, or a horseman, on the farm.  He didn’t marry, his father is named within the Soldiers’ Effects register.

Entry from the Register of Soldiers' Effects

Entry from the Register of Soldiers’ Effects

Like many Suffolks I’m researching, his service record or attestation papers have not survived.  But his Medal Index Card shows he was first sent to fight in France in May 2015.

Medal Index card

Medal Index card

Ernest Haselwood's headstone

Ernest Haselwood’s headstone