ERNEST EXLEY

Private 35570, Labour Corps, Durham Light Infantry

Died 14th November 1918 aged 31

Buried Blargies Communal Cemetery Extension, Oise, France

Husband of Beatrice Annie Exley

Lived 124, Brighton Street, Heckmondwike


Ernest was born in the 2nd quarter of  1887 and was living with his family in Upper George Street in 1891.  By 1901 he was based in Hull as a crew member of a ship, but by 1911 he was married and back living in Brighton Street in Heckmondwike.

He married Beatrice Annie Metcalfe in 1909 and his brother Herbert Wilson Exley was one of the witnesses.  Their daughter Emma was born in 1912.

He worked as a Boiler Stoker for Heckmondwike Manufacturing Company and enlisted on February 16th 1917 into the Durham Light Infantry in the Labour Corps.

He was transferred to France on June 9th 1917 and his wife received notification of his death from unknown causes on November 14th 1918.  He was aged 31 years.  He was buried at the Communal Cemetery Extension at Blargies in France.

Ernest was a member of Brighton Street Working Men’s Club.

His name is commemorated on St. James’s and St. Saviour’s War Memorials as well as on the Heckmondwike Green Park War Memorial.

Ernest was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal{MA-043}

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