Other names: Ernest Willie
Locations in this story: Tisbury, WiltshireMesopotamiaBaghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, IraqGutch Common, Semley, WiltshireSt. Leonard's Church, Semley
Story: Ernest Willie Viney was born in 1882 in the registration district of Tisbury. He was the son of William Viney, a General Labourer, and Sarah Viney. In 1904 he married Annie Gumbleton. At the time of the 1911 Census he was a Reserve Soldier and living at Gutch Common, Semley, Wiltshire. By 1915 the couple had 7 children: 3 boys and 4 girls. He enlisted in the Military Police Corps (Service No. P/11523). He served in Mesopotamia and at the time of his death held the rank of Lance Corporal. He died on 12th March 1918 and was buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery in Iraq (grave id. XVI.K.4). He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church.