ERNEST JOHN SUMMERS

Image from 24th January 1945 Evening Star newspaper.

“TOMMY”

Born: 5th December 1910, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 8th September 1944; age: 33; Died of Wounds.

Residence: 20, Queensberry Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Weigher of Iron Fittings.

 

Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 887642.

Regiment: Royal Artillery, 7 Mountain Regiment.

 

Grave Reference:

VI.E.4.

Arezzo War Cemetery,

Toscana,

Italy.

 

CENSUS

 

1911   22, Arthur Street, Ipswich.

 

Ernest was 4 months old and living with his parents & brother at the home of his paternal uncle & aunt and their niece.

Ernest Summers, 40, a Bricklayer – Builder, born Ipswich.

Hannah Summers, 39, born Ipswich.

Florence Garwood, 3, born Ipswich.

Charles Henry J. Summers, 25, a Driller – Agricultural Foundry, born Ipswich.

Ada Lily Summers (nee Pryke), 24, born Ipswich.

Charles Henry Summers, 1, born Ipswich.

 

Ernest’s mother, Ada Lily Summers died 1918, Ipswich. His father Charles Henry J. Summers died 1944, Ipswich, of 75, Campbell Road, Ipswich.

 

In 1933, Ipswich, Ernest married Violet Lily Stollery, born November 1913, Ipswich – died 1933, Ipswich.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.

 

Ernest was a Weigher of Iron Fittings. He was living with his widowed mother-in-law & sisters-in-law at their family home – 20, Queensbury Road, Ipswich.

Lily Clara Stollery, unpaid Domestic Duties, born November 1890, Ipswich.

Beatrice Laura Stollery, a Food Factory Hand, born November 1915, Ipswich.

Lily Stollery, a Food Factory Hand, born January 1918, Ipswich (in 1940, Ipswich, Lily married Ernest’s brother, Albert Summers, born December 1915, Ipswich).

 

Royal Artillery, 7th Mountain Regiment was formed and first served in North Africa, then onto fight in the high Italian mountain ranges, which formed the German defensive lines, such as the Gustav Line and the battles at Monte Cassino. As the Allies pushed north past Rome onto the Gothic Line high into the Mountains and onto the borders, the battalion gave crucial fire support using specially adapted lightweight guns. The Regiment used U.S.A. made 75mm Pack Howitzers and U.K. 3.7inch Howitzers, either pulled by Jeep or pack horse/donkeys, depending on the terrain. In November 1945 the Regiment was disbanded.

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