Ernest is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 1879, Ipswich.

Died: 21st July 1917; age: 38; died at Mesopotamia.

Residence: Stratford, Essex.

Occupation: Printer – Compositor – Skilled.

First Enlistment – Royal Engineers, 49263. Location: Barking, Essex; Date: 2nd September 1914; age: 33; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 6 1/2ins, fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. Tattoo – woman and F.E. on left forearm.

Discharged: not fit for the duties of the Corps – 13th March 1915 – served 193 days.


Second Enlistment: Stratford, Essex.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 269928.

Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers, 2nd Garrison Battalion.

Formerly 26103, Private, Essex Regiment, 2nd Garrison Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Basra War Cemetery,





1881   57, Purplett Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 2 years old and living with his parents, siblings and step brothers.

John Mark Stacey, 66, a Sawyer, born Sheerness, Kent.

Jane Caroline Stacey (nee Baker (1st marriage Robinson)), 44, a Dressmaker, born Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Branch Richard Robinson, 20, a Ship Wright, born Stowupland, Suffolk.

Frederick Charles Robinson, 17, a Ship Wright, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Ann Stacey, 11, born Ipswich.

Ada Louise Stacey, 9, born Ipswich.

Arthur John Stacey, 8, born London.

Edward Edgar Stacey, 6, born Ipswich.


1891   23, Austin Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 12 years old and living with his mother & siblings.

Jane, 53.

Elizabeth, 21, a Tailoress.

Ada, 19, a Staymaker.

Arthur, 18, an Iron Driller – Foundry.

Edward, 16, a Labourer – Foundry.


In 1891, Ernest’s father, John, 77, was Living on his own Means, as a Boarder at the home of 75 year old, widow, Eliza Farthing, a firewood dealer & her family.


1901   67, West Road, West Ham, Essex.


Ernest was 25 years old, a Printer’s Compositor. He was married and Head of the Household.

Amy, 29.

Amy Smith, 6.

Alfred, 2.


1911   26, Wingfield Road, Stratford, Essex.


Ernest was 35 years old, a Compositor – Printers. He was married and Head of the Household.

Amy, 40.

Amy Smith, 17, a Folding Cardboard Box Machinist.

Ernest and Amy’s 3 children were not living at the family home on the 1911 census. Clara, aged 9, and Gladys, aged 8 were Boarders at 24, Ashford Cottages, Priory Street, Corsham, Wiltshire, the family home of 56 year old, Alfred Tom Wheeler, a Mason. Their son, Alfred, aged 12, was an Inmate (1 of 266 boys) at the Mile End Juvenile Mission, Dr. Barnardo’s Home, Leopold House, 199, Burdett Road, London.


Ernest’s father, John Mark Stacey died 1892, Ipswich. His mother, Jane Caroline Stacey died 1912, West Ham, Essex.


On the 31st July 1898, Forest Gate, Essex, Ernest married Amy Smith (nee Day), born 1871, Walthamstow, Essex. They had 3 children:

Alfred Reginald Oswald Stacey, born March 1899, Stratford, Essex.

Clara Eleanor Stacey, born August 1901, West Ham, Essex.

Gladys May Stacey, born March 1903, North Leyton.

Amy’s daughter from her first marriage:

Amy Elizabeth Smith, born 1894, West Ham.


Soldiers’ Effects to Amy Stacey – widow, of 46, Evesham Road, Portway, West Ham.

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