Born: 1870, Grantchester, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 29th January 1916; age: 46; at Ipswich of Pneumonia and Heart Failure at the Military Hospital, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Cambridge.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2/3279.

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.


The funeral was held on Wednesday, 2nd February 1916, and conducted by the Reverend C. Howard, of St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.


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, in Grantchester. His mother, Esther Dilley died 1892, in 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.


Evening Star – Thursday, 3rd February 1916 – MILITARY FUNERAL AT IPSWICHOn the afternoon of Wednesday, 2nd February the funeral took place of Private Ernest Dilley, who died in the Military Hospital, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, on Saturday, 29th January. The cortege was led by the firing party with arms reversed, in charge of Sergt. Sales, and the bugle band of the 2/5th London Rifle Brigade, under the conductorship of Bugler-Sergt. King. Then came the gun carriage bearing the coffin, covered with the Union Jack, on which one large wreath and the deceased soldier’s cap and belt were placed. Several comrades of the late soldier, under Major Francis, 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment, brought up the rear. The service at the Cemetery was conducted by the Reverend C. Howard, of St. Matthew’s Church, after which three volleys were fired and the buglers sounded the “Last Post.” The coffin, of polished elm with black fittings, bore the following inscription: – “Private E. Dilley, died January 29th, 1916, aged 46 years.” Messrs. Hastings and Son, the Government contractors carried out the funeral arrangements.


Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.

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