ERNEST HENRY SILLETT

Ernest is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park, Ipswich.

 

Born: 11th February 1878, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd September 1914; age 36; lost in North Sea when H.M.S. Cressy was sunk by a German submarine.

Residence: 54, Roebuck Road, West Bromwich, Staffordshire.

Enlistment Location: Chatham; Date: 14th February 1893; Occupation: Labourer. Height at 15 years old – 5ft 1ins. Height at 18 years old – 5ft 4ins, sallow complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair, 3 moles on right arm. Signed up for 12 years 11th February 1896.

 

Service:

Impregnable – Boy II – 14th February

Impregnable – Boy I – 10th April 1894 – 31st July 1894

Boscawen – Boy I – 1st August 1894 – 24th September 1894

Pembroke – Boy I – 25th September 1894 – 22nd January 1895

Hood – Boy I – 23rd January 1895

Hood – Ordinary Seaman – 11th February 1896 – 7th September 1896

Pembroke I – Ordinary Seaman – 8th September 1896 – 3rd November 1896

Medusa – Ordinary Seaman – 4th November 1896

Medusa – Able Seaman – 1st August 1897 – 9th August 1898

Hassar – Able Seaman – 10th August 1898 – 2nd November 1898

Pembroke I – 3rd November 1898 – 16th January 1899

Theseus – 17th January 1899 – 7th May 1899

Hassar – 8th May 1899 – 30th September 1899

Hibernia – 1st October 1899 – 7th November 1899

Hassar – 8th November 1899 – 5th February 1900

Venus – 6th February 1900 – 7th March 1901

Pembroke – 8th March 1901 – 30th April 1901

Wildfire – 1st May 1901 – 11th September 1901

Pembroke – 12th September 1901 – 6th December 1902 – Shore.

Character – Very Good.

 

Joined Royal Fleet Reserve at Chatham  B. 1047 – 17th December 1902.

 

Re-enrolled 9th November 1907 for 5 years from 17th December 1907.

Cressy – Able Seaman – 2nd August 1914 – 22nd September 1914.

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 173052 (Royal Fleet Reserve. Chatham Port. B. (2nd period of enlistment) 1047).

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Cressy.’

 

Memorial Reference:

Chatham Naval Memorial,

Chatham,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Florence B. Sillett, of 94, Hallam Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   59, Fitzroy Street, Ipswich.

 

Ernest was 3 years old and living with his mother and sister at the home of his maternal grandfather, step grandmother & uncle.

Robert Sillett, 46, a General Labourer, born Ipswich.

Sarah Ann Sillett (nee Sage), 47, born Ipswich.

Eliza Alice Sillett, 20, a Stay Maker, born Lowestoft, Suffolk.

William Robert Sillett, 17, a Lawyer’s Clerk, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Alice Sillett, 5 weeks, born Ipswich – died 1881, Ipswich.

 

1891   63, Chevallier Street, Ipswich.

 

Ernest was 13 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his mother, step father & step brother.

Walter Ernest Clark, 27, a Lawn Mower Fitter, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Alice Clark, 29.

William Raphael Sage Clark, 8, born Ipswich.

 

1901   19a, Albert Road, Braintree, Essex.

 

Ernest was 23 years old, an Able Seaman for the Royal Navy. He was living with his partner and their two children at the home of his mother, step father & step brother.

Walter, 37, a Brass Polisher.

Alice, 39.

William, 18, a Brass Polisher.

Florence Fisk, 24, a Stay Maker.

Daisy Fisk, 3.

Percy Fisk, 1.

 

1911   237, Halford’s Lane, Smethwick, Worcestershire.

 

Ernest was 32 years old, a Constructional Fitter – Constructional Engineers. He was married and Head of the Household.

Florence, 31.

Percy, 11.

Cyril, 8.

Edna, 5.

Ronald, 3.

 

In 1901, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Ernest married Florence Bertha Fisk, born 1876, Ipswich. They had 6 children:

Florence Daisy Fisk Sillett, born October 1897, Braintree, Essex.

Ernest Percy Fisk Sillett, born September 1899, Braintree – baptised: 23rd September 1903, at St. Peter’s Church, Bocking, Essex.

Cyril William Sillett, born March 1903, Bocking – baptised: 23rd September 1903, St. Peter’s Church, Bocking, Essex – died 1915, Greenwich, London.

Edna Muriel Sillett, born July 1905, Bocking – baptised: 20th August 1905, St. Peter’s Church, Bocking, Essex.

Ronald Sillett, born September 1907, Bocking – baptised: 16th October 1907, St. Peter’s Church, Bocking, Essex.

Vera Ruby Sillett, born January 1912, Moreton-in Marsh, Gloucestershire – baptised: 14th April 1912, Ernest was a Fitter, and the family resided at Alpha Terrace, Moreton-in Marsh, Gloucestershire

H.M.S. Cressy

 

 

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