Ernest King

Surname: King
Other names: Ernest
Other people in this story:
Augustus King
Anne King née Lewis
Kate King née Gibbs
Locations in this story:
Pigtrough Lane, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Swindon, Wiltshire
Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Fovant, Wiltshire
Mere, Wiltshire

Story:
Ernest King was born at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 6th December 1886, the son of Augustus King and Anne King (née Lewis).  He spent his early life at the family home in Pig's Trough Lane, Donhead St. Andrew.  (Modern usage of the address is Pigtrough Lane).  He married Kate Gibbs in Swindon, Wiltshire, on 11th February 1911 and they went on to have five children.  By 1911 they were living at Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.  

Ernest enlisted on 27th February 1915 as a Private with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 18895).  He transferred on the 13th March 1915 to the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment (Service No. 202423) and he served with them in France and Flanders where he suffered from shell shock and was repatriated to the UK.  He returned to France having transferred once again to the Royal Engineers (Service No. 359463) working with the Transport Section with the rank of Sapper.  He moved back to the UK and was posted to the Fovant Light Railway Training School, Fovant, Wiltshire, as a Lance Corporal (Service No. WR/284715).   He was eventually discharged on 27th May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  By the time of the 1939 Register he was back at Pig's Trough Lane, Donhead. St. Andrew, Wiltshire, working as a Journeyman Tailor.   His death is recorded at the Mere, Wiltshire, Registry in 1965.

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Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Berwick St John War Memorial

Alfred Joseph Hoys

Surname: Hoys
Other names: Alfred Joseph
Other people in this story:
Alfred J. Hoys
Jane Hoys née Burt
Alfred Verney-Cave
Locations in this story:
Lee Green, Lewisham, Kent
France & Flanders
Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Near Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Stanford Hall, Westrill & Stanmore, Lutterworth, Leicestershire
London

Story:
Alfred Joseph Hoys was born in 1881 in Lee Green, Nr. Lewisham, Kent. He was the son of Alfred J. Hoys, a Bricklayer, and Jane Hoys (née Burt), a native of the Berwick St. John area. His mother died in 1885. At the time of the 1901 Census, he was single and working as a Footman to Alfred Verney-Cave, 5th Baron Braye, at Stanford Hall, Westrill & Stanmore, Lutterworth, Leicestershire. There is no record of him on the 1911 Census. He enlisted in London and joined the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment (Service No. 19258). He served in France & Flanders and at the time of his death held the rank of Corporal. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 15th February 1916 and was buried at Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Near Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium (grave id. I.H.4). He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial.

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  • St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John 01
  • Berwick St. John War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives