Born: 1870, Grantchester, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 29th January 1916; age: 45; at Ipswich of pneumonia & heart failure.

Enlistment Location: Cambridge.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 2/3279.

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1871   Wrights Row, Grantchester, Cambridgeshire.


Ernest was a year old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles Dilley, 40, a Labourer, born Grantchester.

Esther Dilley (nee Hall), 42, born Bourn, Cambridgeshire.

David Dilley, 20, a Labourer, born Grantchester.

John Dilley, 16, a Labourer, born Grantchester.

Emma Dilley, 12, born Grantchester.

Frederick Dilley, 8, born Grantchester.

Ellen Dilley, 6, born Grantchester.

Ruth Dilley, 3, born Grantchester.


1881   Grantchester, Cambridgeshire.


Ernest was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 51, a Farm Labourer.

Esther, 52.

Frederick, 18, a Farm Labourer.

Ruth, 13.

Bertie Charles Dilley, 6, born Grantchester.


1911   High Street, Grantchester, Cambridgeshire.


Ernest was 41 years old, a Gardener – Domestic and an Army Pensioner. He was living with his brother and his family at their family home.

Frederick, 48, a Bricklayer’s Labourer – Builder.

Phoebe Dilley (nee Sanderson), 41, born West Wratting, Cambridgeshire.

Walter Dilley, 16, a Gardener – Domestic, born Grantchester.

John Dilley, 14, a Gardener – Domestic, born Grantchester.

Ellen Dilley, 10, born Grantchester.

Ethel Dilley, 5, born Grantchester.


Ernest’s father, Charles Dilley died 1892, Grantchester. His mother, Esther Dilley died 1892, Grantchester.


Soldiers’ Effects to brother – Frederick Dilley, sisters – Lucy, Ruth & Ellen, nephew – Percy & sister-in-law Ellen J. Blake – for niece Nellie.


Ernest’s nephew, Walter Dilley (son of Frederick & Phoebe) also lost his life. Walter was KiA on the 31st July 1917, on the first day of the assault in the battle for Hill 19. He was 22 years old, ranked a Lance Corporal, service number 326095, of the 1st Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment. Walter is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.


Both Ernest & Walter are remembered on the war memorial at the churchyard of St. Andrew & St. Mary Church, High Street, Grantchester.

Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.

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