Ernest Ferneyhough, Private 268167, 1/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 31st July 1917 near Ypres, Belgium, aged 31
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Ernest enlisted with the Cheshire Regiment in August 1916 and, after training, was drafted to France in December the same year.
Ernest was reported missing on 31 July 1917 and was later found to have died from wounds on that date; his death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 26 October 1917:
IN GERMAN DUG-OUT: DYERS’ SOCIETY OFFICIAL SUCCUMBS – Mrs Ferneyhough, 190 Newton St, Macclesfield, has received a letter from a soldier serving in a Liverpool regiment informing her of the death of her husband, Pte Ernest Ferneyhough, Ches Regt, who was officially reported missing on July 31st. The communication… is dated August 9th, and… [was received] last Thursday. It appears that the writer and Pte Ferneyhough were taken prisoners on the first day of the big push, the latter being wounded. They were placed in a German dug-out and whilst waiting to be taken to hospital Pte Ferneyhough died from the effects of his wound.
Pte Ferneyhough was born in Macclesfield thirty-one years ago, and in his boyhood attended Duke Street Day School. He was connected with St John’s Church, and leaves one child. Pte Ferneyhough was formerly employed at Mr Mellor’s dyeworks, the Dams, where he had been engaged for seventeen years. He joined the Colours at the latter end of August 1916, and was drafted to France the following December. The late Pte Ferneyhough was a member of the Amalgamated Society of Dyers. His brother, Pte Arthur Ferneyhough, joined the Manchester Regt shortly after the outbreak of war.
Private Ernest Ferneyhough has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 19 – 22 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Ernest Ferneyhough, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of Arthur Ferneyhough, who served with the Manchester Regiment and died on 4 October 1917.