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ERNEST SCOTT HOUSEHOLD
Remembered with honour Duisans British Cemetery: Plot V, Row A, Grave 18.
He attested at Lincoln’s Inn, London, 6 December 1915 and joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. as Private 8172: an articled clerk aged 22, 5’7″ tall. He served at Home 6 December to 24 January 1917, when he obtained a commission 25 January 1917. Was a Brigade Bombing Instructor serving in France and Flanders. He was wounded 19 July 1917 at Monchy-le-Preux and died three days later at No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, which his mother of Watford applied for.
There are articles about Ernest in the Bury Free Press (Suffolk) dated 19 July 1913; and the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 28 July 1917 and 11 August 1917. He also has a mention in Wisden on the Great War: The Lives of Cricket’s Fallen 1914-1918.
Son of Hannah (nee SMITH) HOUSEHOLD of Watford, and the late William Thomas HOUSEHOLD.
His parents married 26 August 1879 at Holy Trinity and St Edmund’s, Horfield, Glos. William died 12 June 1895 in Lakenheath, Suffolk, aged 51; Hannah died 18 February 1947 in Hove, Sussex, aged 92.
Ernest was born 8 June 1893 in Lakenheath, and attended Watford Grammar School from September 1908 to July 1910. He played cricket for Hertfordshire in the Minor Counties Championships 1910-14, and was also a young local amateur who played for Watford Football Club in a pre-season practise match in August 1914.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1901 Census, aged 7 he lived in Watford, with his widowed mother and three siblings. On the 1911 Census, a school clerk aged 17 he still lived in Watford, with his widowed mother and one sibling.
There is another article about Ernest in the Watford Observer dated 30 January 2015.
Unit5th (Territorial) Battalion
Date of death21/07/1917
Age at death24*
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)