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Forename(s): Ernest

Place of Birth: York, Yorkshire

Service No: 21338

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 8th Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1916-07-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Ernest Richardson was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Richardson, née Mackrell. Edward was born at York and Elizabeth at Boston Spa, Yorkshire. Elizabeth married John Slinger in 1914; John was the father of Private Vincent Slinger (265583) (q.v.).

1901 York, Yorkshire Census: 2, Skelton's Yard, Long Close Lane - Ernest Richardson, aged 6 years, born York, St Saviours, son of Edward and Elizabeth Richardson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: L/Cpl Ernest Richardson, 21338, Yorkshire Light Infantry. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 11 September 1915.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Ernest Richardson, 21338, 10th Yorks L.I.; 8th Yorks L.I. K in A. 1/7/16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Cpl Ernest Richardson, 21338, 8th Bn K.O.Y.L.I. Date and Place of Death: 1.7.16 in action. To whom Authorised: Legatee - Florence May Watson. Amount Authorised: £12 5s. 9d.

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RICHARDSON, Lance Corporal Ernest, K.O.Y.L.I., son of Mrs. John Slinger, Albion House, Ingleton, killed in action July 1, 1916.


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L/Corporal Ernest RICHARDSON

L/Corporal Ernest RICHARDSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 8th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 8th Division

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Forename(s): Ernest

Born: York


Enlisted: York

Number: 21338

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 01/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Ernest

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 21338

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 20


Died Date: 01/07/1916

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Slinger (formerly Richardson), of Albion House, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancs.

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

8th (Service) Bn. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

In action at the Ovillers spur (1/7) – attacking from in front of Authuille Wood good progress quickly made by leading waves and German first line entered. Following waves came under heavy machine gun fire from both flanks, losing 50% while crossing No Man’s Land – close quarter fighting in German second and third lines. Withdrew to British front line during afternoon – all officers having become casualties. Regimental historian Lieutenant-Colonel R.C. Bond, D.S.O. records renewed attacks led by N.C.Os. Relieved and to Long Valley during night. Survivors – the medical officer and 110 other ranks, 25 officers and 659 other ranks having gone into action.

[Ernest Richardson was killed in action on the 1 July 1916.]


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17 March 1916

INGLETON – A Patriotic Family

Mr.and Mrs. John Slinger (Albion House, Ingleton) are to be congratulated on the part their children are playing in the war. They have nine sons, 3 sons-in-law, three grandsons, two grandsons-in-law, and several nephews now or recently serving in His Majesty’s Forces. Their names are:–

Private Sinnet Slinger (6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment), now time expired; Private Ernest Slinger (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private Vincent Slinger (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private John Slinger (Yorkshire Hussars); Lance-Corporal Herbert Moorey (Military Mounted Police); Pte. Cyril [Syril] Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.), who has made the supreme sacrifice, having been killed in Belgium; Private Charles Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private Percy Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private Edward Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Lance-Corporal Herbert Routledge (8th Leeds Rifles), gassed in Belgium; Private Albert Jowett (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.), invalided home from the Front; Private Thomas Richardson (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 2nd Battalion) now time expired, who has served at the Front since the outbreak of war without a scratch; Private George Richardson (Royal Garrison Artillery); Private Edward Richardson (Yorkshire Light Infantry); Private Walter Richardson (Yorkshire Light Infantry); Lance-Corporal Ernest Richardson (Yorkshire Light Infantry), wounded at Loos on September 26th with a bullet through the neck; and Private Herbert Hogg (West Yorkshire Regiment). Of the seventeen mentioned, fourteen have already seen active service, one (Private Edward Tomlinson) is a grandfather, and one of his sons has given his life for his country, and the other two are in training for the Front. Mr. Slinger who is nearing the three score years and ten, was himself a Volunteer in the old days. A keen sportsman, he is one of the best shots and one of the best anglers in the Ingleton district. In spite of his years, he is very active and thinks nothing of a day spent on the fells and moors with gun and dog.

25 August 1916


Private Joseph Clapham, youngest son of Mrs. Clapham, Craven Heifer Inn, Ingleton, was killed in action July 7th; and Private Ernest Richardson, youngest son of Mrs. John Slinger, Albion House, Ingleton, is reported by the War Office as missing.

01 September 1916

INGLETON – War Items

Private Ernest Richardson, the youngest son of Mrs. John Slinger, Albion House, has been reported by the War Office to be missing. He joined the Yorkshire Light Infantry, and had been previously wounded in the neck by a bullet.

03 November 1916


Mrs. John Slinger, Albion House, has received intimation from the War Office that her youngest son, Lance-Corporal Ernest Richardson, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was killed in action on July 1st. He was wounded some time ago, but returned to the Front after his recovery. All the deceased’s four brothers and a brother-in-law are fighting with the Colours.

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03 November 1916

RICHARDSON – In France, Lance Corporal Richardson, of the Yorkshire Light Infantry, son of Mrs. John Slinger, of Albion House, Ingleton, aged 21.

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    One Response to Ernest RICHARDSON

    1. Mr. Vivian Parry November 11, 2016 at 11:59 am #

      Ernest is commemorated through our Somme Poppy and we visited Thiepval in July to honour this young man.

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