Ernest Henry Firks

Memorial: Kingswood - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: East Kent Regiment

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Drummer L/7785

Parents: James and Elizabeth Firks

Home address: 85 Downend Road, Kingswood, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Soldier

Date of birth: 1889

Place of birth: St. Paul's, Bristol

Date of death: 17/09/1914

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Vauxbuin French National Cemetery, Aisne, France and commemorated on Kingswood Holy Trinity Memorial.

Age: 24

Further information:

Ernest was born in St. Paul's, Bristol, the son of a bootmaker with an older brother and sister and a younger brother. Ernest enlisted in The Buffs in 1903 at the age of 14 as a boy drummer. In 1911 he was stationed in India and Singapore.

Ernest's battalion was mobilised to France on 4th August 1914 and less than six weeks after arriving Ernest died during the First Battle of Aisne (13 Sep 1914 – 28 Sep 1914). The outcome of the battle was indecisive and at a cost to the British of 13,500 killed or wounded. Ernest was originally buried at
Oulchy-le-Château and after the armistice his body was transferred to its current resting place.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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