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Ernest Cartlidge was the son of Mrs Emma Cartlidge, of Travellers Call, Marple Bridge, Stockport. He was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in the first quarter of 1889.

On 1st September 1914, Ernest entered the recruitment office in Manchester and attested for three years service in the Army Reserve. He was 25yrs 7mths old, and had been working as an electrical wireman at the Lancashire and Yorkshire Company’s carriage works in Newton Heath. He was living at 71 Adrian Street, Moston, Manchester.

At his enlistment medical he was described as being 5ft 3in tall, weighing 112lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Later that month he was promoted to acting Lance Corporal and posted into the 9th (Service) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. A promotion to Acting Corporal came on 24th November that year.

On 11th May 1915, Ernest was promoted to Acting Serjeant, being confirmed in that rank on 1st September 1915. Ernest sailed out to France, from Folkstone, on the 25th of the same month with the 9th Battalion.

On 4th January 1916, Serjeant Ernest Cartlidge was shot through the head by a German sniper whilst they were in the trenches.

His mother, Emma, received her sons personal effects;

  • 1 x gold signet ring, 9ct
  • 1 x plain gold ring, 9ct
  • 1 x metal watch
  • 1 x air pillow
  • 1 x pocket case containing photo
  • 1 x pipe (breaker)
  • 1 x fountain pen
  • 1 x shaving brush
  • 1 x pocket companion containing comb and mirror
  • 1 x packet, photos and letters

Serjeant Ernest Cartlidge was buried in the Gunners Farm military cemetery.

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 13736
Date of Death: 04/01/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.

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