LOCKWOOD, Hector Ernest

No.42407, Private, Ernest Hector LOCKWOOD
Aged 21

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly 28113, Essex Regiment
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 21st August 1918

Ernest Hector Lockwood was born on 27th April 1897 in Santon Downham (Thetford Q2-1897 4B:387), son of William and Belinda LOCKWOOD (née NEWTON).

1901 census...Aged 3, he was at High Lodge Farm, Santon Downham with his father William LOCKWOOD [47] under gamekeeper born Croxton, Norfolk; his mother Belinda [38] born Weeting, Norfolk; brothers William D. [9], Francis T. [7] and Allan S. [5]; twin sisters Marjorie K. and Rowena R.[1]. All the children were born in Santon Downham.

1911 census...Aged 14, he was at Santon Downham with his parents (father now gardener's labourer); brothers Francis R (gamekeeper), Alan Stanley (telegraph boy) and Bertram H [9] born Santon Downham; sisters Rowena R and Daisy Hilda [6] born Santon Downham. One of the eight siblings had died, Marjorie, aged 5.

CWGC have the address as 15 Mile End, Brandon. He died in the same action as another Santon Downham man, Sidney Claxton see here

He enlisted in .
He attested in Norwich. His entry in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour reads :-
LOCKWOOD, ERNEST HECTOR, Private, No.42407, 2nd Battn.(12th Foot) The Suffolk Regt.,s of William Lockwood, of Brandon Park, Brandon by his wife, Belinda dau.of John Newton, of Weeting, near Brandon;b.Thetford, co.Norfolk, 27 April, 1897; educ.,County Council School, Brandon; was under gamekeeper to Colonel Mackenzie of Santon Downham; enlisted in the Suffolk Regt. 1 May 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 22 July 1916 and was killed in action at Courcelles 21 Aug.1918. Buried in Railway Cutting Cemetery, Courcelles; unm.

Battalion War Diary:-
21st Aug- Courcelles-le Comte- The 3rd Dvision attacked the Germans at 4:55 am to drive them back towards BAPAUME.
Dispositions:- 8th Bde on left, 9th Bde on right with 76th Bde in Division reserve.
KORL behind the Bde, SUFFOLK behind 9th Bde, GORDONS in Bde reserve.
The general line of the Arras-Albert railway was taken except in places to our right.

CWGC has 17 of the 2nd Suffolk killed.

photo from www.britishwargraves.co.uk/

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ernest Lockwood is buried in Railway Cutting Cemetery, Courcelles-le-Comt, grave A:22

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