KIRBY Ernest

Known information

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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  • Morcott Church 2
  • Morcott memorial post 2
  • Sanctuary Wood Cemetery
  • Sanctuary Wood Cemetery 1
  • Jackson Bunn & Kirby
  • E Kirby 3
  • E Kirby 2

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4 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 14 December 2014. Three 'Rutlanders' lay side by side.
By John Stokes on Sunday 14th December '14 at 7:21pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
I recently visited my Great Uncle, Pte AE Jackson at Sanctuary Wood. He was a fellow Rutlander so U paid my respects to Pte E Kirby at the same time. I was humbled be the number of Leicestershire Regiment Graves, commemorating soldiers who had all fallen within a period of approx 20 - 25 days.
By Chris on Monday 3rd July '17 at 4:07pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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