Ernest Pedley

Ernest Pedley was born November 28, 1895 in Idle, Yorkshire.

Parents: Robert Pedley, born Shipley, Yorkshire and Eliza, born Idle.

1901 census: the family were living at 28, Hampton Place, Idle. Robert Pedley was a stone quarry engine driver.

1911 census: the family were now at 32, Hampton Place, Idle. Ernest was 15 years old and working as a doffer in the worsted spinning mill.

Ernest married Alice Rhodes July 12, 1913 at Holy Trinity Church, Idle. He was 17 and Alice 25.

Attestation: August 1, 1915.

Army number: 23355. Rank: Private. Unit: Duke of Wellington West Riding Regiment.

Ernest was 20 years and 51 days old. He was a wool dyer in the textile mill. Ernest was 5' 3 1/2" tall and weighed 114 lbs.

Ernest's parents were now at 38, Hampton Pace and he was living at 46, Hampton Place.

Ernest did his basic training from December 10, 1915 - December 1, 1916. He embarked with the B.E.F. December 2, 1916 at Folkestone and landed at Boulogne.

Ernest joined the 9th Battalion December 10 in the field. He was wounded in action April 28, 1917 - a gunshot in his left foot. He was sent to Brighton Hospital May 2, 1917. July 29, 1917 Ernest was sent back to France.

Ernest was killed in action November 27, 1917 in the Battle of Cambrai, France.

Ernest had a baby daughter, Phyllis, born March 13, 1917. His wife Alice was awarded a pension of 20 shillings a week from March 3, 1918.

Alice received a memorial scroll December 9, 1920 and Ernest's medals January 29, 1921.

Ernest Pedley is commemorated on Panel 6, Cambrai War Memorial near the village of Louverval, France.

Ernest's relatives now live in the Great Aycliffe area.