image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Born: 21st July 1885, Ipswich.
Died: 28th October 1817; age 32; Died at Mtama of Pneumonia.
Employed: as a Surveyor’s Assistant for Mr. J.S. Parmenter, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich, 29th August 1914; Occupation: Surveyor’s Assistant.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.
Wounded at Neuve Chapelle, France – on recovery he was appointed Machine Gun Instructor and was appointed instructor to the East African soldiers.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 200422
Formerly 2045, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Alfred Cundy Trew & Catherine Trew, of 39, Adam’s Avenue, Northampton.
1891 16, Clarkson Street, Ipswich.
Ernest was 5 years old and living with his father & brothers.
Alfred Cundy Trew, 41, a Builder – employer, born Ipswich.
Alfred Eugene Trew, 17, an Assistant Engineer, born Ipswich.
Charles Cecil Trew, 16, an Assistant Draughtsman, born Ipswich.
Sidney Harold B. Trew, 13, born Ipswich.
Clifford Stanley Trew, 10, born Ipswich.
In 1891, Ernest’s mother & siblings were living at the School House, Tuddenham, Suffolk.
Catherine Trew (nee Baseley), 44, a School Mistress, born St. Sepulchre’s, Northampton, Northamptonshire.
Katherine Mabel Trew, 15, a Pupil Teacher, born Ipswich.
Hector Percy Trew, 8, born Ipswich.
Frances Victoria Grace Trew, 3, born Ipswich.
1 mother’s help.
1901 16, Clarkson Street, Ipswich.
Ernest was 15 years old, a Learner – G.P.O. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Alfred, 51, a Builder & Contractor – employer.
Charles, 26, an Engineers Draughtsman.
Clifford, 20, a Carpenter.
Hector, 18, a Builder’s Apprentice.
1 general domestic servant.
1911 137, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
Ernest was 25 years old, a Quantity Surveyors Assistant. He & his sister were living at the home of their brother.
Charles, 36, a Draughtsman – Medical Engineers.
Grace, 23, the Housekeeper.
Ernest’s father Alfred Cundy Trew died, 1910, Chichester, Sussex.
Ernest was employed by the G.P.O. as a Learner in November 1900, at Ipswich.
Ernest is also remembered on St. Matthew’s church Memorial.
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boer War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion
The 4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment entered the battle on the 11th of March taking up positions on the out skirts of the Neuve Chapelle facing the Bois Du Biez which later were ordered to occupy. The 4th Battalion lost many men through shelling on their positions followed by a counter attack on the 12th by the Germans. In total the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.