Thursday, 15 September 2016

Ernest Metcalfe 1889 - 1916

Ernest Metcalfe Barnsley Chronicle 26 August 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born: 01 Feb 1889 in Barnsley, Yorkshire
Baptised: 10 Apr 1889 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire.

Son of:
John Metcalfe was born abt. 1859 in Ripon, Yorkshire, England and died in Q3 1906 in Barnsley, Yorkshire West Riding. 
In the 1901 census he was a Bobbin Maker living at 20 Sackville Street, Barnsley.
He was married in Barnsley, St Mary on 24 May 1884 to Sarah Jane Bexon who was born Q2 1864 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. She married John Greaves Smith born abt. 1864 in Lancashire, labourer, on 26 Dec 1907 in Barnsley.

Position in family:
The oldest of 5 natural siblings.
1    Ernest Metcalfe born 01 Feb 1889 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, baptised 10 Apr 1889 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire and died 14 Jul 1916 in France and Flanders WW1 KILLED
2    Jane Metcalfe born 05 Feb 1891 in Barnsley baptised 06 Sep 1891 in Barnsley, St Mary, Yorkshire. 
3    John Metcalfe born Q1 1895 in Barnsley baptised 26 Feb 1895 in Barnsley, St George, died on 31 May 1916 in France WW1 KILLED
4    Thomas Bexon Metcalfe born abt. 1901 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
5    Martha Metcalfe born abt. 1897 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. 

Home address, age and occupation:
1891: 10 Pinfold Hill, Barnsley, age 2.
1901: 20 Sackville Street, Barnsley, age 12.
1911: Mount Vernon Road, Barnsley, age 22, Bottle maker. 

Marriage: He was not married

Military Service:
Enlisted: Enlistment date estimated from gratuity payment, May 1915, age 26
Regiment and Battalion:  1st Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 1st Battalion
Service number and rank:  18828 Private
Theatre of War: Balkans 15 November 1915
Awards: 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:     14 July 1916, age 27
CWGC Remembered:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 4 A and 4 D.


Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet
Worsborough Combined Memorial, St Thomas And St James Church, Worsborough Dale 


Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

There are no casualties recorded in the 1/KOSB war diary for 14th July 1916 (although 20 deaths are recorded by the CWGC for the 14th) the 87th Brigade of which they were a part was out of the line for reorganisation and re-equipment from the 10th to the 16th.  It is therefore possible he was killed earlier in the month.

This biography was submitted to the Barnsley War Memorials Project by Peter West in August 2016.

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