ERNEST OLDFIELD 

Rank: Private
Service Number: 120361.
Regiment: 60th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Formerly: 6314, 19th Bn. London Regimant
Killed In Action Thursday 19th September 1918 Age 29County Memorial Macclesfield
Commemorated\Buried RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY
Grave\Panel Ref: R.73.
Israel

EARLY LIFE

Ernest Oldfield was born in Macclesfield in 1888, the son of Sarah Ann  (nee Gregory) and Joseph Oldfield, a cotton weaver. In 1891, two-year-old Ernest was living at 46 Fence Street, Hurdsfield with his parents and siblings Walter (14), Joseph (12), Harry (10), John (8) and Elizabeth A (6).

By 1901 the family had moved the short distance to 35 Fence Street and Ernest, aged 12, was employed as a cotton weaver. Ten years later in 1911, Ernest was living at the same address, lodging with his brother Harry, his wife Elizabeth and their two sons, Harold and James.

On 6 December 1913, Ernest married Edith Lomas at the Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church, Macclesfield. In 1918 Ernest was registered on the Macclesfield Absent Voter's List at 232 Crompton Road, Macclesfield.

WW1 SERVICE

Ernest first joined the 19th London Regiment with service number 6314, and was later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps with service number 120361. He was killed in action on 19 September 1918.

COMMEMORATION

Private Ernest Oldfield is buried at Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel, in grave ref. R. 73. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Ernest Oldfield, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Ernest Oldfield is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church war memorials and the Salvation Army roll of honour.

 

SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900 (FamilySearch): Macclesfield Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects (Ancestry)
WWI Absent Voters Lists (FindMyPast)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website


Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.