Other names: Ernest Charles
Locations in this story: Buckhorn Weston, DorsetMelbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersWincanton, SomersetUpton upon Severn, WorcestershireWarminster, WiltshireIndiaIraq
Story: Ernest Charles Jeanes was born at Buckhorn Weston, Dorset, on 19 Jan 1883 and baptised there on 23 Mar 1883 the son of Charles Jeanes and Jane Jeanes (nee Down). He lived his early life in Buckhorn Weston until, by 1911, he had moved to Writh Farm, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He had enlisted with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Territorial with the rank of Private (Service No. 159208) later joining the 10th Hussars (Service No. 2564). He was transferred to the Royal Irish Regiment on 21 May 1915 (Service No. 8587). He served with the 3rd Reserve Battalion in France and Flanders where he was awarded the Military Medal (London Gazette 1 Sep 1916). He later transferred again to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 73530) and served with the 25th Cavalry Squadron in India and Iraq. He was discharged on 25 Apr 1919 and further awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. Ernest married Florence Hoskins in Wincanton, Somerset, in 1921. His wife regrettably died in 1934. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living as a widower at Hanley Swan, Upton upon Severn, Wocestershire, described as an Agricultural Labourer. His death was recorded at Warminster, Wiltshire, in 1956.