Private Ernest Dowell, 16558

  • Batt - 2
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Section -
  • Date of Birth - 1880
  • Died - 17/08/1915
  • Age - 34

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of Ada Lucas Ross, a laundress born 1862 in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Ernest was born in the 4th quarter of 1880 in Lutterworth, he had one sibling, a sister Minnie, born 1878 in Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire, in April 1891 the family home was at Ullesthorpe. In the 2nd quarter of 1887 Ernest’s mother married James Dowell in the Leicester district. In April 1891 Ernest was a schoolboy and was residing in the family home at Edward Road, Knighton, Leicester, together with his mother, and step father James Dowell, a bricklayer’s labourer, born 1856 in Markfield, Leicestershire and his sibling, James a schoolboy, born 1885 in Leicestershire and his half blood siblings, Nellie, born 1888 in Leicester and George Albert, born 1891 in Clarendon Park, Leicester. Ernest and his full blood sibling were now using the surname of Dowell. In March 1901 Ernest was employed as a postman and was residing in the family home at 64, St. Leonard’s Road, Leicester, together with his stepfather, a bricklayer’s labourer, his mother and sibling James an apprentice cigar maker, and half blood siblings, Nellie, George, Frank, born 1893 and Harold, born 1896, the latter two siblings were both born in Leicester. In April 1911 Ernest was absent from the family home at 64, St. Leonard’s Road, Leicester, residing there was his step father, a bricklayer’s labourer, his mother and half blood siblings Frank, a shoe trade worker and Harold, a shoe trade worker, Ernest was employed as a postman and was residing in the family home at Main Street, Markfield, together with his wife Violet Dowell (nee Money, married in the 2nd quarter of 1905 in the Leicester district), born 1878 in Stanton, Derbyshire and their children, Beatrice Violet, born 1907 in Clarendon Park, Leicester, Doris Money, born 1909 and Audrey Margaret, born 1910, the latter two children were both born in Markfield. He was born Ernest Ross in Lutterworth, the son of Ada Lucas Ross, with whom he and his sister Minnie lived in Ullesthorpe. When Ernest was seven years old, his mother married James Dowell of Markfield and together they had five more children. Ernest and his sister took the name Dowell. On the afternoon of Sunday, 19th September 1915, a muffled peal was rung on the bells of St Michael’s Church, Markfield in his memory.
The War Diary records: 16 Aug-15 - The Battn left LA GORGUE at 7.00pm and relieved the 2nd BLACK WATCH in B sub section in IND.4., the GARWHAL Bde relieving the BAREILLY Bde in this sector. The sub section extended from FAUQISSART – AUBERS ROAD to a point 750 yards south of it. Private DOWELLS was killed during the night. Major E. P. RIDDELL, RIFLE BRIGADE and Major L.L. WHEATLEY D.S.O. ARGYLE AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS were attached for instructional purposes. The trenches were occupied as follows, firing line A Coy (Capt W. C. WILSON), B Coy (2nd Lt D. SUTHERLAND) Support trenches, ½ C Coy (2nd Lt H. H. PHILLIPS) Reserves, D Coy (2nd Lt PICKIN) in ROAD BEND POST and ½ C Coy (Capt D. L. WEIR) in WANGERIE POST.

Source: Leicestershire War Memorials Project.
Coalville Times article - Friday August 27th, 1915


Mrs Dowell received a letter on Friday morning informing her that her husband (Pte. W. Dowell) had been killed while performing his postal duties “somewhere in France” on Tuesday afternoon. Photographs of his wife and four children, received that morning, were found in his pocket. Pte. Dowell was for some years at Markfield, and was very much respected.

Coalville Times article - Friday September 10th, 1915


That a muffled peal was rung on the bells at the Markfield Parish Church, on Sunday afternoon in memory of Pte. E. Dowell, who was killed in action last month?

Research undertaken and submitted by Andy Murby 7/10/2017

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Burial Place - Ii D 7, Rue-du-bacquerot No.1 Military Cemetery, Laventie
  • Other Memorials - Markfield Centenary War Memorial
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Cause of death - KILLED IN ACTION
  • Burial Commemoration - Rue-du-Bacquerot No.1 Mil. Cem., Laventie, France
  • Born - Lutterworth, Leicestershire
  • Enlisted - Coalville, Leicestershire
  • Place of Residence - Main Street, Markfield, Leicestershire, England
  • Memorial - MARKFIELD MEM., LEICS

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