Private 25384 Ernest Wall

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Killed in Action on Tuesday, 8th October 1918, age 21.
Buried in Grave A. 3. at Ramicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France.

2nd Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.). 71st Brigade of 6th Division.
Formerly 25384 1st Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.).

Son of Eliza Wall, of 1, Tudor St., Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Park Chapel, and Mission Church memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/182618/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Ernest Wall registered March quarter 1897 in Dudley.

1901 Census
Tudor Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Robert Wall (29, Bricklayer's Labourer, born Dudley), his wife Eliza (28, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Ernest (4, born Tipton), Fanny (10 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
1 Tudor Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Robert Wall (40, Stated - Can't Work, born Birmingham), his wife Eliza (40, born Dudley Port), and their 4 surviving children of 9: Ernest (14, Labourer in Nut and Bolt Works, born Dudley Port), Fanny (10, School, born Dudley Port), Thomas (6, School, born Dudley Port), and Samuel (2, born Dudley Port).

Personal Data

Ernest Wall's name appears on the Walsall Roll of Honour as: "Wall, E. 23584, Pte. Sherwood Foresters, died December 1918". As the Wall family were long-term residents of Tudor Street, Tipton, and Ernest was unmarried, there seems to be no obvious reason for this entry.

In July 1919 Ernest's mother, Eliza, received his outstanding army pay and allowances of £6/14/0d (6 pounds and 14 shillings) and also his War Gratuity of £21/10/0d (21 pounds and 10 shillings). His date of death and the value of his War Gratuity suggest that he enlisted in August 1914. He is shown as first serving with the 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, but did not serve abroad before 1916. This seems an unusually long period of time after enlistment, but an explanation is unlikely as his Soldier's Papers were amongst those destroyed during World War 2.

Action resulting in his death

The Battles of the Hindenburg Line commenced on 12th September 1918 with the Battle of Havrincourt, and ended on 12th October with the conclusion of the Pursuit to the Selle. After the breaking of the Hindenburg Line by the 46th (North Midlands) Division on 29th September, the Germans were forced to retreat to a new line running south from Cambrai. This line only held for a few days.

On 8th October the British Third and Fourth Armies, launched a set-piece attack along a 17 mile front, forcing the Germans out of their new line. Cambrai was liberated on 9 October, and the Germans forced back to a new line on the River Selle.

Ernest Wall was Killed in Action on the 8th October, and is buried in Ramicourt British Cemetery.

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