532145, Private, Ernest Cecil CHENERY
Aged 22

1st/15th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles)
Killed in Action on Saturday 7th October 1916

Born in Newmarket in Q3-1894 [Newmarket 3b:485], baptised Cecil Ernest CHENERY at St James,Bury St Edmunds on 7th October 1894. Son of William Herbert and Alice Maude CHENERY (née WHITING) of 2 Gordon Cottages, Exning Road, Newmarket.

1901 census...Cecil Ernest [6] was at 2 Gordon Cottages, Exning Road, Newmarket with his father William Herbert [31], a carpenter, born Bury St Edmunds; his mother Alice Maud [31] born Bury St Edmunds, his brother William Charles [7] born Bury St Edmunds and sister Lily Florence [2] born Newmarket.

1911 census...Cecil Ernest [17] was at 2 Gordon Cottages, Exning Road, Newmarket with his same family plus a new sister Evelyn May [5] born in Newmarket.

Cecil Ernest on most records, he was a carpenter/joiner (following his father's trade). He enlisted in London.

His entry in "Our Exning Heroes" reads
Born in 1894 in Exning Road, and educated at S.Mary's Boys' School. As a school-boy he was in the Choir of S.Philip's Church, and for several years in the Choir of S.Mary's Church and also in S.Philip's Sunday School. He played football with the local Exning Road team and Newmarket football team. He was also a swimmer, and a good musician on the violin and organ.
When war was declared, he was working in the printing office at Mr. Tindall's, and joined up in November 1915, and was in training in England for seven months. He went out to France in the spring of 1916 and was killed on October 7th the same year".

Part of the Battle of the Somme, the Butte de Wahlencourt was one objective. The high casualties of this battalion at Butte de Wahlencourt and Wahlencourt Line were due in some degree to the intense German artillery barrage while they advanced through Eaucourt l'Abbaye and heavy machine gun fire beyond the village. Battalion records showed that more than half the attacking force had never been under fire before. Of the 349 casualties, the battalion lost 105 killed or died of their wounds on 7th October 1916.

His death was reported in the Bury Free Press of 18th August 1917,together with that of Henry Chambers.

No known grave - Ernest is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Ref:pier and face 13C
and is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour in St Philip & St Etheldreda's Church, Exning Road.

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