1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 17285 Ernest Clifton Bellwood
- Age: 23
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
- D.O.W Saturday 14th October 1916
- Commemorated at: Heilly Station Cem, Mericourt
Panel Ref: III.C.29
Ernest Clifton Bellwood was born on the 23rd March, 1893 in Everton, Liverpool and baptised on the 7th June, 1893 at St Peter’s Church of England, Liverpool. He was the son of Rowland Bellwood and his wife Mary Helen (nee Clifton). His parents married in 1888 at St Mary the Virgin Church, West Derby.
Prior to Ernest's birth, the 1891 census shows that there were two elder brothers Francis Albert (died age 6) and Alfred Horace (died age 1), it also states that both parents were deaf and dumb. The family were then living at Marlborough Road, Liverpool.
On 1901 census Ernest is aged 8 and living with his parents and sister Blanche aged 3 at 51 Bala St, Walton. His father Rowland is aged 50, a joiner born in Liverpool in 1851, whilst his mother is 41 born in Bedford in 1860.
The 1911 Census shows the family living at 46 Woodville Terrace, Everton, Liverpool. Both parents are present in the household, they have two children, both born in Liverpool, Ernest Clifton who is aged 18, born 1893 occupation junior clerk, carpet warehouse and his sister Blanche aged 13, born 1898. His parents state that they have been married for 23 years and have had four children, two of whom had sadly died.
Ernest enlisted on the 02nd September, 1914 in Liverpool joining the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 17285. He was aged 21 years and 152 days. He gave his occupation as a Clerk. He was 5 feet 5 and half inches tall, weighed 116lbs, of fresh complexion, had grey eyes, brown hair and gave his religion as Church of England.
Formed on 07th September 1914 the 19th Battalion trained locally at Sefton Park and remained living at home or in rented accommodation until November 1914. They then moved to the hutted accommodation at Lord Derby’s estate at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 19th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915.
Whilst at Knowsley on the 23rd February 1915 he was confined to Barracks for seven days for hesitating to obey an order.
Ernest died of wounds on the 14th October 1916, aged 23, during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive. He had been wounded on the 13th October, 1916 with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was admitted to the 38 Casualty Clearing Station where he died.
He now rests at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt, France. The inscription on his headstone reads:
“FOR US HE SACRIFICED, GOD GRANT HIM ETERNAL REST”
Soldiers Effects and Pension to mother Mary Helen
Liverpool Echo 18th May 1917
Private Ernest Bellwood (24), K.L.R., has died of wounds received in action in France whilst saving a wounded officer. He was the only son of Mr and Mrs Bellwood of 46 Woodville Terrace, Liverpool. Before joining the colours he was employed at the Pioneer Furnishing Stores, Bold Street.
Liverpool Echo 14th Oct 1918
In ever loving memory of Private ERNEST BELLWOOD, who died of wounds October 14, 1916. (A good life nobly ended). - Greatly missed by his Mother, Father and Sister, 46 Woodville Terrace.
CWGC records show Ernest as the husband of Mary Helen Bellwood, of 46, Woodville Terrace, Everton, Liverpool. This is incorrect as Mary Helen Bellwood was his mother.
Ernest is also commemorated on the following War Memorials;
West Derby Civic Memorial
St Andrew’s C. of E. Church, Clubmoor
St Mary the Virgin C. of E. Church, West Derby.
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