Chatteris WW1 Soldier Ernest Albert Negus G/21058. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Pte Ernest Albert Negus G/21058 8th Bn The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Died on March 21st 1918 Ernest Negus was born about 1893 in Chatteris. In 1911 he lived in London Road with his parents and was a farm labourer as were his younger brother and father. He later married and was living with his wife on Southampton Row by the time that he went to war. Ernest enlisted in Chatteris as soon as war broke out and joined the Royal West Surrey Regiment. Ernest died on 21st March 1918. On this day his battalion were at Le Verguier. At about 4.30am the enemy began an intense bombardment that lasted for 8 hours and included many gas shells. There was thick fog which enabled the Germans to surround the battalion and attack them from all sides before the Queen’s were given orders to retreat the following day. Ernest died in this attack. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • 1911, Census • Soldiers Died • Extract from Battalion Diary • Photo of name on memorial • Photo from Cambs Times Apr 26th 1918
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