17922, Private, Ernest John RANNER
Aged 18

9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Sunday 24th October 1915

Born in Cheveley in Q4-1896 [Newmarket 3b:514] and baptised in Cheveley on 7th February 1897, son of Thomas and Laura Elizabeth RANNER (née TILBROOKE) of Dover Cottages, Cheveley, Cambs.

1901 census...Ernest J. [4] was at Dover Cottages, Cheveley with his father Thomas [35], a postman (previously gardener), born Cheveley; his mother Laura E. [25] born Cowlinge; brother William E [2] and sister Blanche I [6 months]. All three children were born in Cheveley.
His father died in 1907.

1911 census...Ernest [14] was a post office messenger, at The Street, Cheveley with his widowed mother, brother William and sister Blanches, plus 3 more siblings, Alice [8], James [6] and Thomas [4], all born in Cheveley.

His mother was later living at 3 Ruses Cottages, Exning Road, Newmarket, her eldest two sons having been killed in war. Ernest enlisted in Newmarket

His younger brother William was killed in 1918.. see here

It looks like the battalion was "between battles in the Ypres sector near St Jean, at most 3 dying in a day, usually nil or 1

The Newmarket Journal of 30th October 1915 reported:-
YOUNG SOLDIER'S DEATH - Mrs L.E.Ranner has received a very sympathetic letter from Lieut.Williamson, informing her that her son,Private Ernest John Ranner, 9th Suffolks was instantaneously killed by a shell which burst above his trench on October 24th.
"Though so young," the Lieutenant says, "he had a stout heart, was a good soldier,and above all was a good friend. He was standing at the door of a dug-out talking to two friends when the shell burst....Arrangements have been made to bury him at a military cemetery today and I am making myself responsible for the erection of a cross and seeing to the grave." Captain Stewart and the men of the Company have sent their deepest sympathy."

Ernest is buried in La Brique Military Cemetery No.2, Belgium- Ref:I.P.25

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details