Ernest George Nunn

Rank Corporal
Service No 48038
Date of Death 22/08/1917
Age 22
Regiment/Service Royal Field Artillery "A" Batttery 128th Brigade
Cemetery Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. This is located 12 kms west of Ypres and is the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium. A number of Allied casualty clearing stations were located nearby.


Ernest was born in Reydon, just outside Southwold, Suffolk, in 1895 to Alfred William Nunn (1859-1921) and his wife Hannah Maria, nee Nightingale (1857-1938). His parents married on 7th December 1879 at St Mary's Lambeth, London, and his father's occupation is listed in the marriage registers as 'messenger'. Ernest was the second youngest of eight children. His siblings were: Elizabeth (b.1881), Gertrude (b.1888), Charles (b.1891), Ellen (b.1896) and three more whose names are not recorded.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living at 2 Mill Lane, Southwold.

At the time of the 1911 Census, only Ellen remained in the family home: 9 Sea View Road, Southwold. Alfred's occupation is listed as 'gardener'. Sixteen year old Ernest was a page, one of eight servants working in the house of Rear Admiral the honourable Algernon Littleton at 59 Warwick Square, Pimlico, London.

Ernest enlisted in Lowestoft, Suffolk, and entered active service in France on 4th October 1915. He died of wounds, most probably in the third Battle of Ypres, which started on 31st July 1917 and ended on 6th November 1917. The offensive resulted in gains for the British but was by no means a breakthrough. Such gains as were made came at great cost in human terms.

At the time of his death, his family were living at 12 Montpelier Road, Finchley.