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Ernest Whitehead, Age 24

Private, PLY/2446, 2nd Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry.

Royal Marine Light Infantry
Royal Marine Light Infantry, Badge.

Noah and Ernest were the sons of William and Sarah Ann Whitehead of 26 Lawley Bank, Dawley.

Noah the eldest son was killed in action with his regiment whilst serving with them during the third battle of Ypres (Passchendaele); His name was added to the list of the missing and is found on the Tyne Cot Memorial panels 23 - 28.

If it was not bad enough losing one son, William and Sarah had to suffer the loss of a second son when on the 4th April 1918 Ernest died from wounds while being tended too at a Base hospital.

His body is buried at Etaples military cemetery in grave XXXIII.D.19.

Worst was to follow for Sarah when her husband William died in June 1918 whilst still grieving for their sons. Sarah had the two son’s names put onto the family headstone below the name of their father at Cemetery Road, Cemetery Dawley Bank.

Head Stone

Ernest Head Stone at Etaples Military Cemetery, XXXIII. D. 19.

Inscription added to head stone by: Mrs. S.A. Whitehead, 26, Lawley Bank, Salop.

To Live In The Hearts Of Those We Dearly Love Is Not To Die

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