Ernest Hart

First Name:  Ernest 
Initials: 
Surname:  Hart 
DOB:  Circa 1891 
Age:  24 
Birth Town:  Maidstone, Kent. 
Resided Town:  London. 
Nationality:  British 
Date of Death:  13/10/1915 
Fate:  Killed in Action at the Battle of Loos 
Information:  Son of Mr Stephen Alfred Hart and Mrs Mary Elizabeth Hart of 55, Milton Street  MAIDSTONE, KENT. In the 1901 Census the family lived at 61 Milton Street, Maidstone,  when Ernest was 10. Ernest and his brother Albert attended St Peter’s & St Michael’s Boys  School. From 1905 – 1909 Ernest was a pupil at Maidstone Grammar School. Ernest and  his brother Albert were both pupil teachers at the school under headmaster A. Adams and  the Rev J.H. Best. They then attended St Mark’s College in London to train as teachers.  Ernest enlisted in London. The November 1915 Parish Magazine said:  ‘Ernst Hart, one of the most promising young men, and who used to be a member of our  Milton Street (Mission Church) Choir has been killed in action at the front. One of his  companions writes: ‘As my Platoon Commander he did his duty manfully and led us over  the parapet of our trench in the attack, which we made on the German line. He had hardly  got through our barbed wire entanglements when several of the lads were hit, Ernest being  among them. His last words were, ‘Come on lads.’ His death was almost instantaneous.  Those that are left of us miss him very much, as he was one we could rely  on, and a great favourite among his men. I’d give anything to have him back again as we  have been together through thick and thin right from the time we enlisted and a better  chum no man could ever want.’’ 
Rank:  Serjeant 
Service Number:  12262 
Duty Location:  France And Flanders 
Campaign Medals:  1914/15 Star
Victory Medal
British War Medal
Memorial Death Plaque Of WWI 
Service:  British Army
Regiment:Norfolk Regiment
Battalion:7th Battalion
Commemorated:Britain on the Remembrance Board at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone
1Maidstone in the Great War: Stephen Wynn, Pen & Sword Military, 2017, p. 155Britain on the Maidstone Grammar School Roll of Honour
Loos Memorial Panel 30 and 31


E. Hart is on the left the second name up from the bottom of the page.
A photograph of Ernest Hart in uniform from Maidstone in the Great War: Stephen Wynn, Pen & Sword Military, 2017, p. 163