On The Roll of Honour
Died in WW1 and commemorated in Tony Pringle's book "Lest We Forget"
No. 98676, Shoeing Smith, Royal Field Artillery, 17th Division Ammunition Column.
Died of Pneumonia on Wednesday, 30th October 1918.
Ernest Redit is buried in Etaples, grave XXI:E:23 also commemorated on the Braintree, Essex War Memorial.
Ernest was born in Great Ashfield in 1888 (Stow Q3-1888 4A:699) the son of Walter Nathaniel and Jane Francis Redit (née Eslick ).
1891 census…Ernest was aged 2, and living at Badwell Green with his father Walter Redit, aged 42, a Blacksmith, who was born in Badwell Ash, his mother Janet F, aged 44, born in St. Day, Cornwall, sisters Lettie, aged 13 and Florence, aged 7, brothers Bertie, aged 9, George, aged 6 and Arthur, aged 4. All the children are recorded as being born in Badwell Ash.
1901 census…Aged 12, now a domestic gardener and still living at the same address with his parents and brother George, an agricultural labourer.
1911 census…He was living as a Boarder with Walter and Ellen Marshall in The Street, Gosfield, near Halstead, Essex and his trade is described as a Blacksmith. His parents were still at The Green Badwell Ash and his wife to be was in Great Barton with her mother. He married Amelia Mary Last from Great Barton in Bury St. Edmunds in Q2-1911.
Military and War: He was especially enlisted in Braintree as a “Shoeing Smith”.
Ernest died of pneumonia on Wednesday, 30th October 1918 at Etaples, Pas de Calais, which was the base for many hospitals. In the absence of his Army records there is no telling where Ernest was when becoming ill. His widow’s addresses after his death were either “Langmarche” Rayne Road, Braintree, or 49 Wheatley Avenue, Braintree (1928).