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The Fallen of Harlow in WW1: Johnny and Ernest Wakeling

History / Sun 28th Apr 2019 at 05:08pm

THE short lives of Johnny and Ernest Wakeling as read out by Alex Morris of HTS Ltd.

This project has been borough to you by the Harlow Council Civic Fund and HTS Ltd.

Never Forget.

Johnny and Ernest’s parents were Frederick Wakeling, born in High Laver in 18471 and Eliza Cordell born in Harlow in c.1857. They married in Harlow in 18762. Johnny was born in High Laver in 18963 and Ernest was born in High Laver in 18984.

The 1901 census shows Johnny and Ernest residing on the Magdalen Laver Road in High
Laver with their parents and siblings William, Emily and Alfred. Frederick was working
as an agricultural labourer. The 1911 census shows Johnny residing in Harlow Tye with his parents, William and Alfred. Ernest was visiting Albert and Louisa France in south Tottenham. Frederick was working as a farm labourer and Johnny was working as a builder’s labourer.

Private Johnny Wakeling, 6294, enlisted in Harlow in the 2nd/4th Battalions of The Gloucestershire Regiment. He was formerly Private, 1494 of The Essex Regiment. At the start of August 1916 the battalion was in trenches at Fauquissart, near Laventie. Johnny was killed in action on 9 August 1916, aged 20 and was buried in the Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France. Plot 2, row D, grave 15. Register Index Number Fr.1887.

Private Ernest Wakeling, 32424, enlisted in Epping in the 1st Battalion of The Essex Regiment. The regiment fought in Gallipoli and then on the Western Front. After six weeks training the battalion support the tank attack at The Battle of Cambrai on 20 November 1917. Ernest was killed in action on 21 November 1917 at the age of nineteen and was buried in Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery, France. Plot 7, row A, grave 4. Register Index Number Fr.1483.

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