Ernest Kirby lies buried beside two other men from Rutland in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, a small and pretty cemetery just outside Ypres. Ernest, along with Alfred Bunn and Albert Jackson were all killed within two weeks of each other and ended up by chance in graves together. Ernest was born at Morcott on 28 March 1896, the son of John and Mary Kirby who were later recorded as living in Glaston. He worked on a farm before joining the 1/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment on 27 September 1914 shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, and went to the Western Front on 27 June 1915. On the 5 August he was shot by a sniper in the Ypres area and died near Sanctuary Wood. He's buried in grave IV.Q.10. He was 19. Ernest is also remembered on Morcott's war memorial.
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