Ernest BALDWIN
Rank: Private
Number: 4594
Unit: 1st Battalion ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 8 November 1914
Age: 20 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Halluin Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

Ernest was born in Higher Walton, near Preston, the son of John Baldwin, a block cutter, and his wife Elizabeth. When the 1901 Census was taken, the family had moved to 42 Grimshaw Lane, Stockport and Ernest now had a younger brother - Bertie, who had been born in Middleton in about 1896.

Nothing else is known of Ernest's life except that his service number suggests he was an army "Special Reservist". These were men who joined the pre-War regular army and undertook their initial training. They were then sent home again until vacancies arose on the Battalion strength. They were required to keep up to date with army training and, in return, received pay. He will have been called up when War was declared in August 1914. The Battalion went overseas on active service at the beginning of October 1914.

Ernest is recorded as having "died of wounds" and his burial at Halluin strongly suggests that he was injured and taken prisoner in recent fighting, possibly on 30 October.

   
           
   
     
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