Ernest Fern

Private

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 42458 1st Res Battalion; 17 platoon; C Coy
2nd Battalion 2 platoon; A Coy

Notes
According to the Parish Magazine Ernest left for service in October1915 but the Mill record shows the leaving date as 2nd November 1916 and was forty-one years old. The Mill record is likely to be the more accurate. He had returned to the Mill by August 1919.
Pte Ernest Fern, 42458, In December 1916, he was with 17 Platoon C Coy, 1 Reserve Battalion Platoon, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and stationed at Marton Hall, near Middlesborough. By August 1917, he was writing from the B.E.F. in France. In France, he was with 2nd Platoon, A Coy, 2nd Gun Battalion, K.O.Y.L.I.

Medal Roll Index Cards
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
KOYLI Pte. 42458 .

Letters to JB Marsden-Smedley

[YMCA HEADED NOTEPAPER  H.M. Forces on Active Service]
Gentlemen
I am very pleased to inform you that I have received your parcel sent on the 14/12/16.
With many thanks
From
Yours Truly
Pte 42458 E.  Fern
17 Platoon C Coy, 1 Res Gn Bn. KOYLI, Marton Hall, Near Middlesborough,Yorks

France
30.  8.  17.
Sirs.
I now take the pleasure in acknowledging your most welcome parcel of the 22 inst.  Which I received quite safely 28 inst.
I'm sure its awfully kind of you to think of me, the time I am out here.
So I will close.
Thanking you very much indeed for same.
Yours Obediently
Pte E Fern.

5 12 17
Sir
I now take the pleasure in acknowledging your most welcome pcl which I received quite safely on the 24 Nov.
Which I thank you very much indeed for the same.
I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year under the circumstances.
Yours Truly
Pte E Fern

B.E.F
Jany 29.18
Sir's
I now take the pleasure in acknowledging your most welcome parcel, which I received quite safely yesterday, which I'm sure it was a great pleasure to receive which I thank you very much indeed for same.
Wishing you are happy New Year under the circumstances.
Yours Truly
E Fern

[Canadian YMCA Logo]
France
Thursday Sept 25, 1918
Sirs
I now take the pleasure in acknowledging your pcl of a few days ago.  Which I received in good condition.
I thank you very much indeed for same.
We are having glorious weather here again just now.
And are going ahead strong.  Shall be glad when it is all over, & back to my old job.
So I will close.
Yours Truly
E.  Fern

CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Chapel Lane Holloway

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Richard Fearn Head 60 General labourer hosiery mill Hognaston
Sarah A Fearn wife 53   Holloway
Ernest Fearn son 23 Merino hosiery machinist Holloway
George Fearn son 19 Stone mason apprentice Holloway

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1911: Holloway

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Richard Wheeldon Fern Head 70 General labourer hosiery mill Ognaston
Sarah Ann Fern wife 62   Holloway
Ernest Fern son 33 Hosiery frame knitter Holloway

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