Number: 17618
Unit: C Company, 20th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Age: 20
Cemetery: Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France

In the closing months of 1885, Philip Faragher and Annie Horner married in the Leeds area. Their first child, Gertrude, was born there and the family moved to Heaton Mersey in about 1890. The couple would have another five children together before Annie died in 1897.

The 1901 Census found the family living at 3 Poplar Street and Philip was described as a coach owner. Ernest was a member of the local Lads' Club and a member of its football team. He also furthered his education by attending the Sunday School at the local Wesleyan Church. By the time of the Great War, he was working in the warehouse of Ashton & Co at its premises at 45 Chorlton Street, Manchester.

In October 1914, he enlisted into the fifth of the "Pals" battalions being formed by the Manchester Regiment. He was assigned to No. 11 Platoon, "C" Company and some details of the recruitment and training period can be found here. His older brother, Philip also served in the army during the War. Only one man of that name is known to have served abroad and he is a Royal Engineer - Pioneer Philip Faragher (service number 211432).

Ernest went overseas in November 1915 and was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

After the War, the Faragher family home is known to have been at 4 Richmond Road, Heaton Mersey.

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