Ernest was born in 1892 at Brindley Ford, the son of Thomas and Eliza. In both 1901 and 1911 the family resided at 17, High Street, Brindley Ford. Thomas was described as a blacksmith at the ironworks and Ernest as a printer/lithographer in the 1911 census.
As it has not been possible to locate either service records or a medal card for Ernest, it is difficult to piece together where he met with his injuries. However it appears that he was sent back to England for treatment and died in this country. Recent information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site indicates that he may not have served overseas – dying of phthisis (tuberculosis) and not of wounds received.
Private Ernest Brereton is at rest at St. James Church, Newchapel. Ernest’s name does not appear on the St. Lawrence churchyard memorial but he is remembered on the additional 1990s’ plaque on the cenotaph at Biddulph. He is also commemorated on the Brindley Ford memorial.
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