Ernest Rimmington

View Ernest on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Service number:
Royal Field Artillery
Date of birth:
21 October 1895
Date of death:
03 October 1916
Age at Death:

Known information

Ernest Rimmington was the son of Charles and Amelia Rimmington of Cottesmore and was born on 21 October 1895. Before the war he worked for Midland Railways as a dining car attendant. Ernest enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery on 3 September 1914, and went to France in July 1915, serving with C Battery 91st Brigade. In the middle of September 1916 the brigade moved from the Ypres area to take part in the Battle of the Somme. It joined 56th Division artillery in front of Combles and engaged in a heavy bombardment to help an infantry attack on Morval and Lesboeufs. Shortly afterwards the brigade went into action again east of Delville Wood near Ginchy. On 2 October 1916 the brigade war diary recorded: "Engaged in improvement of positions, weather still unfavourable, guns firing as normal, enemy artillery particularly active, Brigade HQ and B/91 battery being heavily shelled." Ernest was severely wounded in this bombardment and died the next day from his injuries. His Commanding Officer wrote: "I was afraid he had no chance of recovery as his wounds were too severe, but in spite of them he was most cheerful, and behaved splendidly like the gallant fellow he was. He was deservedly popular with officers and men, and we miss him greatly." Ernest was 20 and now lies buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, grave V.B.46, and is remembered on Cottesmore's war memorial.

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  • Cottesmore Church
  • Cottesmore Memorial
  • Cottesmore Memorial
  • Heilly Station 1
  • Heilly Station cemetery 1
  • Heilly Station cemetery 2
  • E Rimmington 3
  • E Rimmington 2

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3 images Some pictures of his headstone. Mr Rimmington shares his headstone with another soldier.
By John Stokes on Sunday 30th November '14 at 8:55pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

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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