Ernest Horace DOMINICK
Rank: Private
Number: 4434
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 3 August 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, France

Much of the personal information about Ernest is taken from the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

Sometime between July and September 1869, Frank Dominick married Sarah Ann Elliott in Nottingham. In September 1892, Ernest was born and it is most unlikely that he would have been their first child. Other than his commemoration on the Memorial and the fact he enlisted at Stockport, his connection with the area is not known.

On 3 August 1916, the 6th Cheshires were in rest billets at Le Touret, in northern France, near the border with Belgium. They were undergoing training but also undertaken carrying fatigues - taking stores to the trenches. The Battalion's War Diary records that only one man was killed that day.

At the time Mr Eaton wrote his book, this was the only evidence easily available and he drew the obvious conclusion that Ernest must have been that man. However, computerisation of records can now confirm that four men, nominally attached to the 6th Cheshires, were killed in action and the man shot was, in fact, Thomas Baines.

It cannot be said, with any certainty, what happened to Ernest. He cannot have been with the Cheshires when he was killed as he is buried some 50 kilometres away from where they were, on the day. It is known that, towards the end of July, a batch of newly trained troops, with service numbers similar to Ernest's, was on their way to join the Cheshires but the men were diverted to other units. They were first attached to a Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment, but most were then moved on to a unit of the Kings Own Royal Lancasters, on 23 July. Ernest is unlikely to have been with the final batch as, on 3 August, they were also several miles away in a different part of the Somme battlefield.

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