Born: 1888, Ipswich.
Died: 16th August 1916; age 29; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 9350
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Formerly 9350, of the Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Lily Rosette Howlett, of The Bungalow, Recreation Ground, Parkeston, Harwich.
1891 11, Harmony Square, Ipswich.
Ernest was 3 years old and living with his widowed paternal grandmother & uncles.
Bathsheba Howlett (nee Lawrence), 65, born Mendlesham, Suffolk.
John Luke Howlett, 25, a Boot Finisher, born Ipswich.
George Henry Howlett, 22, a Boot Finisher, born Ipswich.
Arthur Howlett, 17, a Boot Finisher, born Ipswich – died 1891, Ipswich.
In 1891, Ernest’s widowed mother was a lodger next door at 9, Harmony Square, the home of 64 year old, Maria Flory.
Amy Howlett (nee Groom), 34, a Domestic Servant, born Blakenham, Suffolk.
1901 11, Harmony Square, Ipswich.
Ernest was 13 years old and living with his grandmother.
Bathsheba, 74, a Laundress – own account.
1911 8, Harmony Square, Ipswich.
Ernest was 23 years old, a Plough Fitter – Plough Works. He was living with his paternal uncle & aunt and cousins.
George Henry Howlett, 42, a Jobbing Gardener – own account, born Ipswich.
Alice Louise Howlett (nee Kersey), 38, born Ipswich.
Stanley George Howlett, 14, employed in an Engineers & Iron Foundry, born Ipswich.
Claude Charles Howlett, 9, born Ipswich.
Arthur Alfred Howlett, 9, born Ipswich.
Ernest’s father was William Howlett, born 1859, Mendlesham, Suffolk, died 1887, in the district of Woodbridge, Suffolk. He was a Blacksmith.
Ernest’s paternal grandmother, Bathsheba Howlett died 1909, Ipswich.
In 1911, Ipswich, Ernest married Lily Rosette Howlett Kersey, born June 1890, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich – illegitimate daughter of Alice Louise Howlett Kersey who married Ernest’s paternal uncle George Henry Howlett in 1896.
They had 3 daughters:
Ethel May Howlett, born May 1911, Ipswich.
Dora May Howlett, born May 1912, Ipswich.
Gladys Maria Howlett, born November 1914, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Lily R. Howlett – widow.
Ernest is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:
Taking two weeks rest behind the line in the Somme at Mericourt, the 2nd Battalion the Suffolk Regiment moved up near Maltz Farm, south west to Trones Wood. The trenches were packed with troops for several days in preparation for the attack planed on the 16th August. The French 418th Regiment in co-operation with the British were to attack at 5.30 p.m. A rolling barrage commenced with the Battalions following the trail of destruction, on the left heavy machine gun fire checked the attack leading to a standstill, but on the right 250 yards were taken of the Cochrane Alley, where several Germans were captured. The Battalion returned to the original positions later that night.