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Ernest BOOTH

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Surname: BOOTH

Forename(s): Ernest

Place of Birth: Austwick, Yorkshire

Service No: 200741

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Durham Light Infantry

Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion

Division: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1917-06-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 8.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Ernest Booth was the son of Robert and Rebecca Annie Booth, née Nelson. Robert was born at Clapham, Yorkshire and Rebecca at Cantsfield, Lancashire. Ernest was the cousin of Private Fred Slinger Nelson (42761) (q.v.) and Private Leonard Nelson (28067) (q.v.).

1901 Austwick, Yorkshire Census: Owlet Hall - Ernest Booth, aged 3 years, born Austwick, son of Robert and Rebecca Annie Booth.

1911 Austwick, Yorkshire Census: Owlet Hall - Ernest Booth, aged 13 years, born Austwick, son of Robert and Rebecca Annie Booth.

The British Army Service Record for Ernest Booth exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Ernest Booth, 6385, 200741, Durh. L.I.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Ernest Booth, 6385, 200741, 1/5th Durh. L.I. Deceased.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Ernest Booth, 200741, 1/5th Durham Light Inf. Date and Place of Death: 26.6.17. In action France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Robert. £6 6s. 3d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for Ernest not found.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Private Ernest BOOTH

Private Ernest BOOTH

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Durham Light Infantry

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Durham Light Infantry

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

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Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BOOTH

Forename(s): Ernest

Born: Austwick

Residence: Austwick

Enlisted: Settle

Number: 200741

Rank: Private

Regiment: Durham Light Infantry

Battalion: 1/5th Battalion


Died Date: 26/06/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 33284, Northumberland Fusiliers

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BOOTH

Forename(s): Ernest

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 200741

Rank: Private

Regiment: Durham Light Infantry

Unit: 1st/5th Bn.



Died Date: 26/06/1917

Additional Information:



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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

15 September 1916


The following have been home on a week-end leave:- Pte. Thos Shuttleworth, Pte. E. Booth (N.F.), Pte. J. Capstick (R.E.), and Pte. J. Bradley (York Regt.), Gunner J. Moss has also been home on a six days' final leave.

10 November 1916


Pte. Ernest Booth, son of Mr. Robert Booth, Owlett Hall, is at home on six days' final leave. He is attached to a battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers and expects to go abroad very shortly.

13 July 1917

BOOTH - Killed in action in France, June 26th, Private Ernest Booth, Durham Light Infantry, second son of Mr. Robert Booth, Owlet Hall, Austwick, aged 20 years.

13 July 1917


Much sympathy is felt in Austwick and district for Mr. and Mrs. Booth and family, Owlet Hall, in their sad loss in the war. Pte. Ernest Booth, second son of Mr. Robert Booth, was killed in action on June 26th last. The deceased soldier, who was 20 years of age, enlisted on the 28th July last year in the Northumberland Fusiliers and trained at Hornsea, near Hull. He went out to France on the 24th November, and was transferred into the Durham Light Infantry. Prior to joining up he was employed by his father on farm work. He was of a very quiet disposition, but steady and reliable and highly respected by all who knew him. The following letter has been received by his father from the officer commanding his regiment:-

Tuesday, July 3rd 1917.

"Dear Mr. Booth, - It is with deep regret that I have to write to tell you of the death of your son, 200741, Pte. E. Booth. He was killed in action by a shell on the 26th June whilst taking part in a very successful attack by his battalion, which you may have seen mentioned in the papers at the end of last month. He had been in my company some time, and I thought a great deal of him as a keen and willing worker, and ready to obey any orders given him. I am afraid there is not much that we can do to compensate you brave folk at home for the sacrifices you so unselfishly make in giving up your nearest and dearest in this noble cause, which I hope we shall conclude successfully. If there is anything more we can do, or any more information you want, please let me know. Please accept my sincere sympathy with you all. Yours sincerely, E.A. MEEK (Capt.)."

A memorial service for the deceased soldier will be held in the Epiphany Church on Sunday evening, conducted by the Rev. A.C. Sutcliffe (vicar).

20 July 1917


On Sunday evening a large congregation assembled in the Epiphany Church at a special service in memory of Private Ernest Booth, second son of Mr Robert Booth, Owlet Hall. At the commencement Mr. Farraday (organist) played 'O Rest in the Lord'. The Rev. A. C. Sutcliffe (vicar) read the opening sentences of the Burial Service, after which special prayers were offered for the deceased soldier. The hymns were feeling[ly] rendered by choir and congregation. The Vicar made several references to Ernest Booth, who was a communicant at this church. He referred also to the letter received by Mr. Booth from the Captain under whom Ernest had served. The Captain spoke of him as an eager, willing lad, a keen worker, and one he should miss. The Vicar offered the sympathies of himself and the congregation to the bereaved, and spoke of that glorious morn when we shall see "those angel faces smile, which we have loved long since and lost awhile". The service concluded with a rendering of the Dead March in 'Saul'.

28 June 1918

BOOTH - In loving memory of a dear son and brother, Private Ernest Booth, 1/5th Durham L.I., second son of Mr. Robert Booth, who was killed in action in France June 26th, 1917, aged 20 years.

Dear is the place where our loved one is laid,
Dear is the memory that will never fade;
Sweet is the hope that again we shall meet
Kneeling together at Jesu's feet.

From his two Brothers, and all at Owlet Hall, Austwick, Lancaster.


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    One Response to Ernest BOOTH

    1. Helen Pearson October 25, 2020 at 12:49 pm #

      Thank you for the information. Ernest is a very distant relative dicovered as I research my family tree. I will place a poppy for him on the 11th, as I do for all my relatives who were involved in conflict.

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