Rank, service number and regiment
Private 25752 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry
Sherborne, Dorset. Precise date currently unknown.
Milborne Port, Somerset after 1916 but K.E. in 1911 census. His family probably lived in one of the cottages in Sunnyside, which was, in a later generation, still connected to the Reed family. The map above shows an arrow and a red line ringing the cottages in the Sunnyside area, some of which no longer exist.
Date of death
2 October 1916
Age of death
Circumstances of death
The 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry were engaged in the Battle of the Somme 1 July to November 1916 and trying to gain German trenches south-west of Gueudecourt. The battalion came under heavy machine-gun fire and Ernest was killed in action. Such was the ferocity of the fighting and the turmoil in battleground conditions that Ernest’s body was never recovered.
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
Date of birth & full name
April 25th 1884, East Lambrook.
George Reed 1855 – 1923 and Emily Reed (nee Morris) 1854 – 1922. George was a willow-bed labourer. They were married in St Martin’s Church, 16th November 1880.
Spouse & children
Gertrude M Reed (nee Chant), born Milborne Port, married Wincanton 1908. Daughter – Dorothy Reed, born 1909.
British War Medal & Victory Medal.
Ernest’s brother Sidney Reed was killed in action in the same year, on 1st July 1916, three months before Ernest was killed.
Their cousin James Henry Lovell Reed also died in WW1 on 24 August 1917. James was the brother of Millicent Reed, who ran the glove factory in K.E.for many years.
Ernest and Sidney also had an older sister Bessie born 1883 and a younger brother Harry born in 1891.
In the 1881 & 1891 census Ernest’s mother Emily is a leather glove-maker.
Ernest’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Reed b.1830.
The photo below shows Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, where Ernest’s name is inscribed.