Ernest George Hart

Rank Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 30/08/1918
Age 27
Regiment/Service Longon Regiment 13th Kensington Battalion

Manchester Cemetery, Riencourt-les-Bapaume. The cemetery is located 3 kms south-east of Bapaume, in the Pas-de-Calais region of France. It contains 72 burials and commemorations of the First World War.


Ernest was born on 7th June 1891 to Thomas Hart, a master printer, and his wife Lavinia. He was baptised on 9th August 1891 at St Matthew, Upper Clapton, London.

In 1901, Ernest lived with his parents and elder sister Ethel (b.1889) at ‘Gayhurst’ Regents Park Road, Finchley. A decade later, the family lived at ‘Beverley’, Arden Road, Finchley. Ernest was then working as an insurance clerk.

Ernest enlisted originally in the London Regiment. He was commissioned as an officer on 19th December 1916. He served on the Macedonian Front in Greece, disembarking at Salonika on 7th September 1917. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 19th June 1918. While serving with the Manchester Regiment territorials, Ernest was killed in the assault and capture of Riencourt, by the 42nd East Lancashire division.

Ernest married Hilda Emma Adeline Newell (1891-1975) at St Mary-at-Finchley on 7th March 1917. At the time of his death Hilda was living at Melvin Hall, Golders Green Road, Golders Green. His estate was worth £1476 9s 6d.

The October 1918 monthly magazine of St Luke’s Finchley lists Ernest’s name in the Roll of Honour, stating that he was ‘very well known to members of the congregation. He has been an earnest devoted member of St Luke’s since his boyhood and has sung in the choir since 1908. He formerly looked after the Choir class on Sundays and was Secretary of the Communicants’ Union. His loss is a very real one to St Luke’s and is greatly regretted. He was married on 7th March last year. His wife has also been a member of the congregation since her childhood, and later was teacher of the Girls’ Bible Class. She has our deepest sympathy.’