Private Ernest Ewins
Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.
Ernest Ewins was born in March 1890 in Great Bookham, Surrey to farm labourer Thomas William Ewins and Sarah Ewins. He was baptised on the 27th of April 1890 at St Nicolas church in Great Bookham. At the time of the baptism, the family lived at Great Bookham and Thomas William was working as a labourer.
Ernest´s father Thomas Ewins was born about 1851 in Walton on the Hill, Surrey, and his mother was born about 1859 in Ewell, Surrey. Ernest had three known siblings: William Ewins born about 1883 in Great Bookham, Surrey; Sarah J. Ewins born about 1885 in Great Bookham and Oliver Ewins born about 1899 in Dorking, Surrey.
At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Eastwick, Great Bookham, Surrey. Thomas was working as a farm labourer and Sarah was looking after their children: William, Sarah and Ernest.
On the 22nd of April 1895, Ernest was admitted into St Martin´s Church of England School in Dorking for infants. On 22nd September 1897 he was admitted into the Dorking British School. The family were living at the Chalk Pits.
At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Merrylands, Great Bookham, Surrey. Thomas William was working as a shephard and Sarah was looking after their children: Ernest and Oliver.
At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 3 Heath Hill, Dorking, Surrey. Thomas was working on a farm. Of his children: Ernest was working on a farm and Oliver was at school. The accomodation had four rooms.
Ernest Ewins enlisted in Guildford into the 8th Battalion the Queen´s Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number G/5939. At the time of his enlistment he resided in Dorking. Later he was transferred into the 1st Battalion the Queen´s Royal West Surrey Regiment. His regimental number remained G/5939.
Ernest disembarked on the 13th of October 1915 to France.
Ernest Ewins died on the 28th of April 1917 in Douai, France as a German Prisoner of War.
He was buried at the Douai Communal Cemetery in France in the joint grave H.8.
He received the British War and Victoria medals and the 1915 Star.
Ernest´s father Thomas William Ewins received £11, 8s and 1d on the 19th of February 1918 and a further £8 and 10s on the 4th of October 1919 in Soldier´s Effects.
Ernest´s brother Oliver Ewins of Pound Cottages, Great Bookham requested “Gone From Sight But Not From Memory.” to be inscribed on Ernest’s headstone.
Born Great Brookham, Surrey
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Thomas and Sarah Ewins of Great Bookham, Surrey
Regiment 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 28th April 1917
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Died of Wounds
Cemetery Douai Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord