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Ernest Bemrose, The Nottingham Evening Post, 12 March 1915

Born March/April 1889 in Radcliffe on Trent.

Baptised 29th April 1889, St. Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Married in 1914 to Annie Smith, Bingham district

Daughter Winifred A. Bemrose born July 1914

Missing 20th October 1914, presumed dead 1st April 1920

Remembered on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial and on Notts County Asylum (Saxondale) Memorial

1891 Census

Age two living with father George, 38, an agricultural labourer, mother Emma, nee Larkin, 37, both born in Radcliffe on Trent, sisters Clara, 11, Gertrude, 4, Ellen, 1 month, brothers Frank, 9 and Christopher, 6. They lived in a house with four rooms on Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

1901 Census

Age eleven living with father George, 47, mother Emma, 41, brother Christopher, 16 and sisters Nellie, 10 and Sarah L, 5.  They lived at Pinfold Cottage, Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

Military Service before WWI

Attested in Nottingham for the militia or reserve division of the militia, 9th March 1907

Age on enlistment: 17 years 11 months

Occupation: general labourer, working for George Bell

Height 5ft 7ins, weight 128 lbs, girth 35½. Range of expansion 3½ ins. Complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair brown, pulse rate 74. Distinguishing marks: scar on right forearm and right buttock.

Considered fit for army 12 August 1907 and transferred to the 4th Sherwood Foresters (reserves) where he would have had to complete four to six weeks’ training every year. He would have had a civilian occupation.

1911 Census

Age 21, a private in The Sherwood Foresters stationed with the 45th Regimental District in Normanton, Derbyshire. It is assumed that he was undergoing his annual part-time training at the time of the census. His parents and brother Christopher were living on Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent.


He was employed at Notts County Asylum, Saxondale. A Nottingham Evening Post article, date September 9th 1912, reveals that Ernest Bemrose and William Henry Buxton, asylum attendants, were witnesses at an inquest on a patient who committed suicide. Ernest Bemrose married Annie Smith from Royal Oak Yard, Radcliffe on Trent on 11th April 1914. His occupation is given as asylum attendant, Notts County Asylum. Winifred Alice Bemrose was born on 3rd July 1914. Her father Ernest’s occupation is given as farm labourer, indicating that he had now left his employment at the asylum. The photograph above gives his address as Hall Farm, Radcliffe on Trent. The tenant farmer was Isaac Saint, a Sherwood Foresters’ reservist who was called up in WWI (see his biography).

Military Service WWI

Rank: Private, then promoted Lance Corporal

Service Number: 1845, later 10411

Military Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 18th Brigade, 6th Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry of 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters 11.9.14.

Missing in Action: 20.10.14.

The 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters fought a major battle with tremendous losses in October at Ennetières (near Armentières, France) on the way to Ypres, in Belgium. They held a vastly superior German force for forty-eight hours, lost 16 officers and 710 other ranks; the battalion was effectively wiped out.

Ernest Bemrose was listed as missing on the Casualty List issued by the War Office, 10th December 1914 (source: Forces War Records). The Nottingham Evening Post (2nd February 1915) lists him as  one of 454 men from the Sherwood Foresters reported missing under date 10th December 1914. He is not remembered on any memorial to the missing in France and Flanders. Many other Sherwood Foresters from the list who were later identified as dead are also unremembered. Around sixty  from this list of 454 men have been identified by us on the Ploegsteert memorial. Some of the men on the list were taken prisoner and returned home at the end of the war.

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From the Casualty List 10th December 1914, published in the Nottingham Evening Post 5.2.1915

From the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects 1901-1929:

Bemrose, Ernest; L/Cpl 10411, Notts & Derby Regiment. Death presumed 20.10.14, credit £8.18s.6d:  £2.18s.10d to widow Annie on 22.3.20; £5.17s.8d on 1.4.20

Medal Rolls Index Card shows him as ‘Deceased’, but he is not on the Commonwealth War Graves roll of Soldiers Died in the Great War.

Medals Awarded: 1914 Star with Clasp, British War and Victory.

Go to WWI Timeline to see how this man’s death is part of the wider story of the war.

Other information

His widow Annie married Charles Bleasdale Thomas in 1924 at Burton on Trent, they had no children. Daughter Winifred Bemrose married in 1940 to Leonard Harrison.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.

Ernest Bemrose

Ernest Bemrose, from the Sherwood Foresters museum at Nottingham Castle