ERNEST HENRY POOLEY

Born: 1890, Ipswich.

Died on or since death presumed: 12th October 1916; age 26; Died of Wounds.

Residence: 22, Wells Street, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location; Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 43031

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.

Formerly 1629, Suffolk Cyclist Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,

Somme,

France.

 

Brother to WALTER STANLEY POOLEY.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   39, Wells Street, Ipswich.

 

Ernest was a year old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles Pooley, 37, a Painter, born Ipswich.

Alice Pooley (nee Jeffries), 37, born Harleston, Norfolk.

Sarah Agnes Pooley, 16, Mother’s Help, born Ipswich.

Ada Louisa Pooley, 14, Mother’s Help, born Ipswich.

Charles William Pooley, 12, born Ipswich.

Arthur Albert Pooley, 10, born Ipswich.

William Pooley, 7, born Ipswich.

Herbert Sydney Pooley, 5, born Ipswich.

 

1901   46, Wells Street, Ipswich.

 

Ernest was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 47, a Painter – Iron Foundry.

Alice, 47.

Ada, 24, Machine Work – Stay.

Charles, 21.

William, 17.

Herbert, 14, an Errand Boy.

Walter Stanley Pooley, 7, born Ipswich.

Hilda Maud A. Pooley, 5, born Ipswich.

 

1911   “Mary Ann of Harwich,” at Harwich Harbour, Essex.

 

Ernest was 23 years old and a member of the crew as Mate on board the “Mary Ann of Harwich” 21348, a sailing barge of 46 tonnage employed in the coastal trade, Master of the crew, 48 year old Captain George Podd born in Holbrook, Suffolk.

 

Ernest’s father, Charles Pooley died 8th February 1906, at 46, Wells Street, Ipswich. His mother, Alice Pooley died 14th July 1911, in Ipswich.

 

After the death of his parents Ernest’s sister, Ada Louisa Pooley became his next-of-kin.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Ada L. Pooley – sister.

 

After a house clearance, Ernest’s pair of medals & Death Plaque were sold on eBay in May 2013 for £170.

 

On the 11th October the Suffolk Regiment 7th Battalion, having been allotted its task in the Battle of Transloy (already in progress) received the orders to take part in an attack on “Bayonet Trench” and “Luisenhof farm”, which had been fixed for the 12th. Going in overnight, they were heavily shelled until they occupied their assembly trenches just before dawn. All the company headquarters were in a large dugout in the sunken road leading to Guedecourt wood. After passing a reasonably quiet forenoon the battalion set out across the open at 2 pm coming immediately under a very heavy crossfire of every description, but mainly from machine guns and automatic rifles. Close to the German trenches the attack was held up by machinegun nests and wire, and waves, unable to get any further, lay down. At this juncture, remarkable bravery was displayed by several officers, non-commissioned officers, and men. Luet. Eagle is reported to have died fighting in the German first line, into which he had forced an entrance alone. 2nd Lieut. Marshall, in a shell-hole with his servant and a sergeant, was bombed and sniped all afternoon, and later killed. They were close up against the German wire but refused to go back. Captain Isham, badly wounded during the afternoon, spent the night in a shell-hole, being visited by Lieut. Bowen (himself wounded), who remained with him till dark.
The full story of this sad day, on which the 7th Battalion sustained over 500 casualties, has never been described in print. Let it suffice to say that all ranks, especially the reinforcements which recently arrived from the 6th Cyclist Battalion (becoming the 7th), acquitted themselves admirably.

The failure of the attack was due in some measure to the fact that the enemy’s wire had been only partially destroyed, and that the barrage during the launching of the attack was ineffective.

Before zero hour Captain Leith-Hay-Clarke had been twice buried by shells. Of the fourteen officers who went over the top on this occasion, all became casualties.

For his part in the action Rev. A.E Cousins, chaplain to the 7th Battalion received the Military Cross.

Lieut. Bowen, wounded for the second time in three months was also awarded the Military Cross.

Transcript from “The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-1927 by Lieut. Col. C.C.R Murphy.”

 

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