Ernest Moreland (c.1890-1915)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- MORELAND, ERNEST. Gunner. No 54776. 104th Battery Royal Field Artillery. Born Lancaster. Son of Thomas and Eleanor Moreland of Holt, Holmfirth. Was a bellringer at Holmfirth Parish Church. After leaving school was employed by Messrs James Lancaster and Son, cloth finishers, Mytholm Bridge. At the age of 18 he joined the Regular Army. At the outbreak of the war he was stationed with his Battery in Pretoria, South Africa. His unit was transferred to France soon afterwards. Wounded by gunshot in the head and arm on 27.9.1915 On 3.10.1915, he was admitted to the base hospital at Abbeville.
- His father received the following letter from a member of the nursing staff, who wrote on Thursday morning of 27.10.1915, 'Gunner Moreland is not so well. He was brought to this hospital on the 3.10.1915 and the injury to his head necessitated an operation. He progressed favourably until yesterday morning.'
- His father received another letter on 30.10.1915 with the news that his son had died on 22.10.1915, 'Your son died last night (Thursday). He was most anxious all day that I should write to you and once I found him with pencil and paper in his hand trying to do so. Everything was done for him and we had hopes of his recovery until three days ago'.
- Died at No 2 Stationary Hospital, 22.10.1915, aged 25 years. Buried ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row C, Grave 6.
- ROH:- Holmfirth War Memorial.
- Brother of Private JOHN MORELAND, reported missing at Gallipoli, 8.8.1915.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Gunner ERNEST MORELAND
- regiment: Royal Field Artillery
- died: Friday, October 22, 1915
- age: 25 years
- record ID: 76189
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #76189)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #3113017)