HALKE Ernest

3617 Pte Ernest HALKE 6th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment

          WOUNDED GALLIPOLI 13th AUGUST 1915

WW1 trio and LSGC

WW1 trio and LSGC

Ernest HALKE was born in the St Georges area of Sheffield on 2nd March 1874. The census records show us that he lived with his parents Walter and Sarah and he had 4 sisters and 1 brother. In 1881 the family are at 38 Pitt Street, Sheffield. 1891 Court 2, 7 Pitt Street, Sheffield and in 1911 he is residing at Bulford Camp, Salisbury as a member of the 1st Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.

He had been employed in Sheffield as a cutler but enlisted into the Army at Pontefract on the 17th January 1893. He joined the York and Lancaster Regiment having stints in both 1st and 2nd Battalions serving in the UK from 17.01.1893 – 06.07.1894, South Africa from 07.07.1894 – 13.02.1897, India 14.02.1897 – 08.02.1905 and back home 09.02.1905 – 01.07.1915.

On the 1st October 1914 he was awarded the Long Service Good Conduct Medal, his disciplinary record being exemplary.

Long Service Good Conduct Medal

Long Service Good Conduct Medal

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On 7th July 1915 he entered the theatre of war at Gallipoli as a member of the 6th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. Here he would take part in the offensive to secure Scimitar Hill. The 6th York Lancs were engaged in the area of Chocolate Hill where they were constantly harassed by Turkish shrapnel and sniper fire. On the 13th August 1915 Ernest was wounded twice by gunshot wounds to his right foot (slight) and left thigh (severe). He was evacuated to Alexandria and then back to the UK on Hospital Ship Egypt on 15th September 1915.

Hospital Ship Egypt

Hospital Ship Egypt

He was then to serve in the 3rd Battalion York Lancaster Regiment before being transferred to the 500th Employment Company of the Labour Corp, service number 262828, until he eventually transferred to the reserves on the 3rd February 1919 at the age of 44. He gave his address at this time as 48 Sturge Street, Heeley, Sheffield.

He was later to marry Gertrude WHITE and passed away in 1946 at which time he was living at 24 Swarcliffe Road, Darnall, Sheffield.

SWARCLIFFE ROAD DARNALL c.1945

SWARCLIFFE ROAD DARNALL c.1945

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Ernest reunited with his great Nephew Lee, 22nd April 2017