No.3/8947, Private, Ernest HULYER
Aged 21

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Saturday, 5th May 1917

Ernest William Hulyer was born on 2nd February 1896 in Carlton (Linton Q1-1896 3B:485), baptised in Carlton on 12th April 1896, son of William and Kate Elizabeth HULYER (née RADFORD). His surname appears to be incorrectly spelled on the memorial

1901 census...Aged 5, he was at Cottage, The Street, Carlton, with his father William HULYER [35], horse-keeper on farm, born Carlton; his mother Kate [30] born Little Thurlow; sisters Lilian [7] and Annie E. [1] and brothers Berty F. [6], Edwin A [3] and Herbert [3 months]. All the children were born in Carlton.

1911 census...Aged 15, a farm labourer, he was at 9 Willingham Green, Brinkley, with his parents, sisters Lilian and Annie, and brother Bertie, Edwin and Herbert. There were two new siblings, Oliver [8] and Margaret [5], both born in Carlton.

His brother Edwin Albert HULLYER was killed just two days earlier, serving with the Royal Fusiliers. see here

He enlisted in Cambridge. CWGC has his residence as Carlton, but as Willingham Green, Brinkley, was in the parish of Carlton, this often caused problems.

The CWGC have Ernest in the 7th Suffolks, but his medal index card has 2nd Suffolks. Since both battalions were involved in the Battle of Arras after Easter 1917, and he died of his wounds, unless his Army records are found, it is not possible to say exactly when or where he was wounded. Duisans where he was buried was the site of No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station. Neither battalion suffered any killed on 5th May, only "Died from Wounds".

photo: Rodney Gibson

photo: Rodney Gibson

Ernest Hulyer is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France - grave 4:K:29

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