South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

Ernest Wynn

I have not found any record of Ernest Wynn living at Weston - he probably only lived in the area for a short time before joining up. The memorial is likely to refer to the Ernest Wynn described here whose residence was given as 'Shifnal, Salop' on joining up (Weston-under-Lizard was in the Shifnal postal district).

Ernest Wynn was born in York in about 1888. He was the son of Charles Wynn, a general labourer and later a gas stoker, and his wife Sarah. In 1911, Ernest was working as a footman at Calwich Abbey in Derbyshire - so it seems probable that he moved to Weston take up a similar position at Weston Park.

Ernest joined up in September 1914. He went to France in March 1915, serving with the 1/6 Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment. He died of wounds at No. 20 Casualty Clearing Station, Warlincourt, on 14th March, 1917. It is not known how he sustained his injury - the 1/6 was having a quiet time, mostly in reserve or in training. The battalion recorded one man 'died of wounds' in March 1917 - which may refer to Ernest. However, the fragmentary records suggest that Ernest was attached to the 1/5 Battalion South Staffs at the time of his death and this unit was involved in an attack on Bucquoy on 13th March. Ernest is buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty.

Private Ernest Wynn, 240395 South Staffordshire Regiment (previously 2554) was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1914-15 Star.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.