Ernest is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.
Born: 1897, Ipswich.
Died: 6th September 1918; age: 21; Died of Wounds.
Residence: 26, New North Road, Attleborough, Norfolk.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 320248.
Regiment: Norfolk Regiment, 12th Battalion.
Formerly Private, 2268, Norfolk Yeomanry.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur and Emily M. Blaxall, of 26, New North Road, Attleborough, Norfolk.
1901 Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk.
Ernest was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Albert Arthur Turner Blaxall, 38, a Night Watchman, born Wickham Market, Suffolk.
Emily Maria Blaxall (nee Saunders), 38, born Attleborough, Suffolk.
Olive Ann Emily Victoria Blaxall, 13, born Attleborough.
Hazel Minnie Blaxall, 10, born Wreningham, Norfolk.
Azelpha May Blaxall, 9, born Wreningham.
Blanche Elvina Blaxall, 6, born Wreningham – died 1904, Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk.
Melita Mabel Blaxall, 5, born Wreningham.
Garnet Arthur Blaxall, 4, born Attleborough.
Roland George Charles Blaxall, 2, born Trimley St. Martin.
1911 New North Road, Attleborough, Norfolk.
Ernest was 14 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Albert, 48, a Factory Hand.
Garnet, 15, an Apprentice Gas Fitter.
Soldiers’ Effects to Arthur Blaxall – father.
Ernest is remembered on the war memorial at Queen’s Road, Attleborough, Norfolk.
Ernest’s brother, 25 year old Garnet Arthur Blaxall also died during the First World War, on the 21st February 1921, at Sprowston, Norfolk. Garnet was ranked a Private, service number S/9692 for the Royal Army Service Corps, 3rd Field Bakery (Cologne), formerly a Driver, 166570, for the R.F.A. He went out to France in November 1915. Garnet was laid to rest at Earlham Road Cemetery, Norwich, Norfolk.
In August 1914, Ernest’s father, Albert Arthur Turner Blaxall also fought in the First World War, as an Able Seaman, 102314. Arthur had first enrolled in 1877 – 1885. He joined the Royal Fleet Reserve in November 1903. He re-enrolled in February 1908 for 5 years – and re-enrolled in December 1911 – before invalided out in February 1915.
At St. James’s Palace, on the 11th May 1937, Ernest’s brother, Roland George Charles Blaxall, a Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist, C/J 31274 was awarded a M.B.E., Military Division for Meritorious Service.