GARBETT Ernest George
Regiment : 14th Battalion Canadian Infantry
Service number : 404348
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 13th July 1917
Buried : Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France, Grave V. A. 2.
Memorial : Malvern WW1 War Memorial
Also appears on : Malvern The Wyche All Saints Church. Malvern Wyche School now in Wyche C of E Primary School.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Ernest Garbett enlisted as a Private in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 12th April 1915 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On his attestation paper he gave his place of birth as Drybrook, England, his date of birth as 18th September 1895, his next of kin as his mother, Alice Garbett, 5 Paling Cottage, Malvern, England and his occupation as a Labourer. Ernest was 5 feet 6½ inches tall with blue eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion.
Ernest sailed with his unit from Montreal, Canada on the S.S. Hesperian on 17th August 1915 bound for England. After several weeks in camps at Shorncliffe and then West Sandling in Kent he was posted to the 14th Battalion and left England on November 1915 bound for France where he joined the Battalion on 6th November 1915. On 22nd May 1916 Ernest was admitted to No 10 Canadian Field Ambulance with a shrapnel wound to his right hand. He rejoined his unit on 8th June 1916. On 11th January 1917 he was promoted to Corporal and then to Sergeant on 11th April 1917. Ernest was admitted to No 23 Casualty Clearing Station as seriously ill on 12th July 1917 where he died the following day from Septicaemia.
The Canada War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty) records the following information on Sergeant Ernest George Garbett:
“Died”. (Septicaemia). At No. 23. Casualty Clearing Station.
The Canada Commonwealth War Graves Registers records the following information on Sergeant Ernest George Garbett:
Previously reported Seriously ill now Died No 23. C.C.S. (Septicaemia)
Next of kin: Mrs A. Garbett, 5 Paling Cottage, Lower Wyche, Malvern, Worcestershire.
Buried in Cemetery D. 14.C.8.6. Map 1/40.000 Lapugnoy 3½ miles S.S.E. of Lillers.
A photograph of Sergeant E.G. Garbett of Lower Wyche, Malvern can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 28th July 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.