Armed Forces Day: Thank you to Ernest and to Jorn for your service

General / Sat 26th Jun 2021 at 09:55am

AS this is Armed Forces Day, we would like to pay tribute to all those who have served and fought for their country.

Over the years, we have run a series of heritage pieces on those who served and died in World War One and World War Two.

We have dipped into the archive to go to a reading of the short life of Ernest Woolard. The reading (back in 2019) was undertaken by Jorn Johansson.

We have chosen this piece for two reasons. Firstly, Jorn served in the Danish army. He came to Harlow in the eighties and married Veronica Cullen.

Secondly, he is returning to Denmark next week.

So we would like to say to Jorn. Thank you for your service. Thank you for being a part of Harlow. Don’t be a stranger.

We are going to miss you and we are going to miss your wife Veronica, who has been force of nature and a force for good in this town.

Ernest Woolard

Ernest’s parents were William Woollard, born at Broadley Common in c.1868 and Ada Mary Parish who was born at Hillgates, Eastwick in 18691. William and Ada married in 18922 and Ernest William Woollard was born in Harlow in 1893.

The census of 1901 shows Ernest residing at Clapgates in Great Parndon. His father William was listed as a farm worker. The 1911 census shows that the family had moved to Kingsmoor Cottages, Great Parndon. There were nine children, including Ernest residing in five rooms. Ernest was the eldest of William and Ada’s children, his siblings were Annie, Agnes, Eleanor, Edith, Kathleen, Herbert, Florence and eight month old Eva.

Ernest married Nellie Baines in 19184. Nellie was born in Epping in c.1896. At the time of the 1911 census Nellie was working as a domestic servant aged fourteen at Parvills Farm, Epping.

Pioneer Ernest William Woollard, 129422, enlisted ‘in the field’ and became a member of The 1st Special Company of The Royal Engineers. Ernest died on 13 April 1918 of his wounds (just weeks after his marriage to Nellie) and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, France. Plot 29, row B, grave 4. Register Index Number FR.40.

Nellie remarried in 1919 to Joseph Whitbread and died in Epping in 19586.

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