Ernest Hart

First nameErnest
Birth TownMaidstone, Kent.
Resided TownLondon.
Date of Death13/10/1915
FateKilled in Action at the Battle of Loos
Service Number12262
Duty LocationFrance And Flanders
Campaign Medals
  • 1914/15 Star
  • Victory Medal
  • British War Medal
  • Memorial Death Plaque Of WWI
ServiceBritish Army
RegimentNorfolk Regiment
Battalion7th Battalion
  • Britain on the Remembrance Board at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone
  • Britain on the Maidstone Grammar School Roll of Honour
  • E. Hart is on the left the second name up from the bottom of the page.
  • Loos Memorial Panel 30 and 31

aphotographof ernest hart in uniform:

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. ernestenlistedin 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 companionswrites: ‘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.’’