South Staffs

Brother of George

Born 12th February 1895 in Greatford near Stamford, Lincolnshire

Married 1 August 1921 to Edith Kirkham, St Peter’s Church, East Bridgford.

Children: Mary born 1922, Daisy born 1923, both in Bingham District, Gladys born 1925 in Newark District and John W. L. born 1929 in Bingham District

Died 1972, Grantham District

1901 Census

Age six  living with his father Charles, a cattleman on a farm, mother Sarah, brothers John 12, George 4 and sisters Ellen M 8 and Fanny 2 on Stowe Road in Greatford, Lincs.

1911 Census

Age 16 living with George Marriott at Castle Bytham. He was employed as a farm boy.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service number: 50003, previously 15935

Military unit: 1st Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment, 22nd Brigade, 7th Division. Formerly 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, 138th Brigade, 46th Division

Theatres of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 29.7.15, Italy from November 1917

Attested: 9.11.1914 at Melton Mowbray

Occupation: Wagoner, age 19 years 268 days, height 5ft 5ins, chest 36½ins, weight 142lbs, eyes brown, hair brown. Single, next of kin, father Charles Coddington of The Field, Branston, Grantham.

9.11.14 – 28.7.15: UK

9.11 – 21.11.14: Joined Depot, Leicester

22.11.14: Posted to 7th Leics., Aldershot

29.7.15–16.7.16: British Expeditionary Force, France

Ernest Coddington would have been in action during the first few days of the Battle of the Somme with the 1st South Staffs.. At midnight on June 30th “A and D Company in dug out and cellars Fonquevillers, remainder in assembly posiitons Midland Trench. Attack on Gommencourt (1/7) – ordered to dig communication trench across No Man’s Land parallel to Fonquevillers – Gommencourt Road (1/7). Work soon stopped due to heavy shelling and then assisted in 137th Brigade’s assault. Remained in front line clearing dead and wounded. Relieved and to Bienvillers (3/7). (From Westlake, Ray (2009) Tracing British Battalions on the Somme (Barnsley: Pen & Sword)).

17.7.16: Home, Depot


Wounded list 22.8.16: assumed wounded 16.7.16. Gunshot wound right leg.

Entitled to wear wound stripe.

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6.2.17: 3rd (Reserve) Leics. Regiment

2.3.17: Posted 1st

1.11.17: Posted 6th

6.3.18: Posted Depot


22.4–29.4.18: Manor War Hospital Epsom: Shell wound right shoulder

15.5.18: Posted Command Depot

20.7.18: Posted 3rd (reserve) Leics.

26.8.18: Transferred and posted to 1st South Staffs Regiment, Reg. no.50003

18.11.18: The 1st South Staffordshires moved to Italy where they remained until the Armistice.


12.12.18: Admitted to No. 81 General Hospital Marseilles with gun shot wound left shoulder

25.12.18 – 24.3.19: 79 days in 5th Southern General Hospital with shrapnel in left shoulder: Extensive entrance wound area which had been ‘stitched in Italy’.

6.4.19: Transferred to Army Reserve for demobilisation.

Home address: Radcliffe on Trent

29.4–9.5.19: Furlough granted. Address on leave: Lees Lodge,  Radcliffe on Trent

17.4.19: Awarded pension of 8 shillings 3d (41p) per week to be reviewed after 26 weeks. Degree of disablement 30%

1919-1920: A medical report in his pension records states that ‘Wound scar across back of left scapula healed, loss of muscle inhibits movement of shoulder. Small scar back of right shoulder, no disability. Scars on his right leg have healed and his fractured tibia has united in a good position’.

20.10.20 Awarded 30% disability pension of 12 shillings (60p) per week for one year

6.9.21 Condition deemed to be final and stationary. Degree of disablement: 15-19%. Awarded 7 shillings 6d for 156 weeks plus terminal payment of £40

Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Nottingham Road, Leys (Lees) Barn, Radcliffe on Trent

Other Information

His home address was Radcliffe in 1918. He later gave his address as 28 Church Street, Whatton in the Vale, Notts. in January 1924 when he applied for his medals.

1921 Census

Address: Whatton, Notts

Employment: Farm Labourer, William Lamin, Whatton

Household: father Charles, farm labourer, William Lamin, mother Sarah, sister Fanny, adopted sister Doris Kathleen Baker

1939 Register

Address: Kneeton, Nottinghamshire

Occupation: farm stockman

Air Raid Precautions warden at Bingham

Household: he was widowed and living with daughter Gladys (later married name Gale) who was a paid housekeeper

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Radcliffe on Trent address when on active service.