ERNEST GORDON BERNARD TREW

Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917.

 

Born: 21st July 1885, Ipswich.

Died: 28th October 1817; age 32; Died of Pneumonia at Lukuledi.

Occupation: Surveyor’s Assistant for Mr. J.S. Parmenter, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich, 29th August 1914.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.

 

Wounded at Neuve Chapelle, France – on recovery he was appointed Machine Gun Instructor at Tring, having passed First Class at Hythe. Later Ernest was appointed Instructor to the East African soldiers.

 

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 200422

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion. Attached 1st/2nd King’s African Rifles –  Tanzania

Formerly 2045, Suffolk Regiment.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

 

The body was initially buried at Lukuledi Mission Graveyard until 1926 when the body was exhumed and reburied at Mtama Cemetery. In the early 1970s maintenance of over 1,000 graves could no longer be assured from cemeteries all over Tanzania. The graves were brought into the newly created (1968) Dar Es Salam War Cemetery.

 

Grave Reference:

6. H. 6.

Dar es Salam War Cemetery,

Tanzania.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Alfred Cundy Trew & Catherine Trew, of 39, Adam’s Avenue, Northampton.

 

CENSUS

 

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 and Contractor – employer.

Catherine, 54.

Charles, 26, an Engineer’s Draughtsman.

Clifford, 20, a Carpenter.

Hector, 18, a Builder’s Apprentice.

Frances, 13.

Agnes, 10.

1 general domestic servant.

 

1911   137, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

 

Ernest was 25 years old, a Quantity Surveyor’s 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 Trew was a vaccination defaulter. He was regularly summoned before the Ipswich court for neglecting to have his children vaccinated. He pleaded guilty every time and was always fined – at first 2s., which later rose to 20s. Not deterred, Alfred paid the fine immediately.

 

On the 15th September 1886, Ernest’s infant sister died at the family home – 14, Clarkson Street, Edith Theresa Trew was 15 days old.

 

Ernest’s father Alfred Cundy Trew died on Friday, 11th March 1910, in Chichester, West Sussex. Alfred and Catherine had moved to Chichester in 1908 and resided at Terminus Road, where Alfred was employed as a Clerk of the Works during the building of the High School for Girls, at Stockbridge Road. On the near completion of this school, Alfred went on to be Clerk of the Works at a new elementary school building at Orchard Street. During the evening of Friday, 11th, Alfred was with two surveyors in the school playground at Stockbridge Road, when he began to crouch down, with his knees bending under him, and made his way towards a seat. The surveyors loosened Alfred’s clothes and sent for water and a doctor. After a few sips of the water, Alfred became unconscious. A few minutes after the doctor arrived Alfred died. The doctor concluded it was an apoplectic seizure. The body was later examined, but instead of the supposed cerebral haemorrhage, the surgeon discovered as many as 70 large berries that appeared to have been swallowed whole – 10 berries in the stomach and 60 in the intestines. The berries found on the school premises did not contain poison. When an inquiry resumed on the 16th March, Alfred and Catherine’s son, Charles Cecil Trew, an engineer living at Ipswich, travelled to the inquest with the suggestion that the ‘berries’ might be sultanas. Alfred was very fond of sultanas and raisins and always had some in his pocket. Experiments were made on sultanas and the ‘berries’ taken from the body. There was no doubt that the berries found in the body were sultanas. Everyone was unsoftened and undigested, which caused distention of the stomach and bowels, and pressure on the heart – the heart failing in consequence. The Jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Catherine Trew – mother.

 

Ernest is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.

 

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 outskirts 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 counterattack on the 12th by the Germans. In total, the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.

 

1st/2nd King’s African Rifles

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