Private Ernest Cunnington was born in Oakham, the son of John Thomas and Sarah Ann Cunnington of 5 Simper Street in the town. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in January 1915, and went to France the following November. On 27 April 1917 while serving with 48th Field Ambulance he was wounded by a shell and died in the early hours of the following morning. His Colonel wrote: "He did his duty well and faithfully for two years, and was a general favourite with officers and men." He was buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, grave II.G.44, and is remembered on Oakham's war memorial.
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