No.10693038, Sapper, Ernest William MARCHANT
Aged 39

11 Field Company, Royal Engineers
Died on Saturday, 19th January 1946

Ernest William MARCHANT was born on 9th July 1906 (Thetford Q3-1906 4B:328), son of George Robert Sutton and Elizabeth MARCHANT (née WHARF).

1911 census...Aged 4, he was at Thetford Road, Brandon with his father George MARCHANT [27] a furrier's labourer,his mother Elizabeth [29] and brother Arthur [1]. All were born in Brandon.

He married Hilda WHITE [16-9-1909] in 1930. In the 1939 register they were living at 7 Coronation Place, Brandon, Ernest a hatter/furrier's skin opener. With them were Joyce L.FORTNUM [2-8-1929] (evacuee?),later Mrs MARKS and Edward BLACKWELL (plasterer) and his wife Dorothy. There are three closed records( 2 could be daughters Mary and Pauline)

His father George was killed in the Great War, in 1917, serving with the Suffolk Regiment in France. see here

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Ernest was originally buried in A:1:16 Herrenhausen Gardens. This cemetery contained several British, all who died after the end of the war. They were concentrated in Hanover War Cemetery in January 1947. The circumstances of his death are not known, whether it was illness or accident. For some reason they were not taken to Hanover Military cemetery which holds over 3000 post war casualties. This maybe due to the fact their deaths came within the limits for CWGC recognition and those in the Hanover Military cemetery died later.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ernest Marchant is buried in Hanover War Cemetery, grave 14:C:12

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