FERNLEY, ERNEST  6447  Private  2nd Cavalry Division

THE 20TH HUSSARS

Born St. Ambrose, Lancaster  Enlisted Preston  Living Farington

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  23rd March 1918

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 1.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine October 1914

In the second list of men serving in the King’s Forces:-  Ernest Fernley  Yorks Hussars.

Chorley Weekly News 28th December 1918

The sudden death occurred on Saturday night of John Seed Fernley (58), 14 Spring Gardens, Farington, an overlooker at Farington Mill.

Deceased had been somewhat depressed since March, when he received word that his son was wounded and missing in France. Last week he sat up for three nights with his grandson, who died on Saturday, and on that day he attended the funeral of his nephew, Robert Potter, at Farington Church. He returned home at 5.10 pm and complained of pain in the stomach. At 6.45 he fell down in the kitchen, in the presence of his daughters, and never spoke again. A doctor who was sent for said that death was probably due to heart failure.

Ernest Fernley’s name is on the following local memorials:-

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, Ernest Fernley is commemorated on the:-

POZIÈRES MEMORIAL, SOMME, FRANCE

The names of the men of the 20th Hussars are on Panel 6. No next-of-kin information. Pozières is a village some 6 km north-east of Albert, on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Bapaume.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Baptismal Register

Bapt: 25th August 1893 Ernest son of John Seed and Mary Fernley of Farington.

Note:- The 2nd Cavalry Division, of which the 20th Hussars was a part, was fighting in the ‘Battle of St. Quentin’, 21st-23rd March, 1918, at the time of Ernest Fernley’s death; presumably it was here that he was killed in action.

Fernley, Ernest. WE Waring 2003