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

E M Humphries RE

Ernest Marcus Humphries was born at Rock, near Bewdley in Worcestershire in 1897. He was the son of Arthur Humphries, a labourer, and his wife, Emma.

It seems likely that Ernest moved to nearby Highley to work as a miner because , when he joined the army, he was transferred into the 175th Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers.

The 175th carried out mining activities in the Railway Wood and Hill 60 areas of the Ypres battlefield. By the Autumn of 1918, as the fighting became more mobile, it was involved in bridge building to aid the British advance.

Ernest went to France on 25th March 1915. He died on 1st September, 1918 - probably as the result of accident or natural causes. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen - which suggests that he probably died in one of the hospitals based in the Rouen area.

Lance Corporal Ernest Humphries, 198032 RE (formerly 14447 Worc. R.) was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 1915 Star.

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