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.
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, 65, born Mendlesham, Suffolk.
John Howlett, 25, a Boot Finisher, born Ipswich.
George Howlett, 22, a Boot Finisher, born Ipswich.
Arthur Howlett, 17, a Boot Finisher, born 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, 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.
Ernest’s father was William Howlett, born 1859, Mendlesham, Suffolk, died 1887, in the district of Woodbridge, Suffolk. He was a Blacksmith.
In 1911, Ipswich, Ernest married Lily Rosette H. Kersey, born 1890, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich. They had 2 daughters:
Ethel M. Howlett, born 1911, Ipswich.
Dora M. Howlett, born May 1912, Ipswich.
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, souh 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.