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Ernest Henry Melling was born in Southport in 1876. He was the son of the late Henry and Jane Melling and had a younger brother named Thomas.

Ernest had served 19 years with the Dorset Regiment pre-war with the number 4324 and had since been employed as a weaver.

When war broke out he was 38 years 8 months old and joined the Special Reserve in Preston, 29th August 1914 and sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion on 28th September 1914. He was at this time living with his pregnant wife, Margaret Jane Melling at 8 Derby Terrace, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.

Having been in France just 27 days, and only 58 days after re-enlisting, he was reported as being missing in action on 25th October 1914 after the Battle of Bixshoote, Langemarck. He was later accepted as having been killed ‘on or since that date’ for official purposes.

Their son was born in February 1915 whom Margaret named after his father, Ernest Henry. She later moved to 49 Swansea-street, Preston but appears to have died in December 1919.


Rank: Private
Service No: 3367
Date of Death: 25/10/1914 (KIA)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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