Rolls of Honour: Baildon Methodist Church; Arras Memorial
Regiment: Duke of Wellington’s West Riding
In the 1911 census, Ernest was living with his parents and siblings at 6 Moorlands Avenue, Baildon. Aged 23 his occupation is given as woolsorter.On 7 December 1917 his family put a heartfelt plea in the Shipley Times & Express for information: “Pte Ernest Bottomley of the Duke of Wellington’s Regt, has been missing since 3rd May. News concerning him would be gratefully received by his father, Mr T Bottomley, 5 Moorland Avenue, or his wife at 6 Esholt Lane, Baildon.”Ernest is still given as missing in a report on 7 June 1918 of his father’s death:
“The death took place on 30th May of Mr T Bottomley at his residence, 6 Moorland Avenue. For many years he had been a member of Baildon Wesleyan Choir and he was also connected with the Liberal Club and Baildon Green Cricket Club.“His youngest son, Pte E Bottomley, has been missing since 3rd May 1917 and another son is on active service.”We now know that Ernest had died of his wounds received in the third battle for the Scarpe on the day he went missing.
Thanks to Tish and Michael Lawson for their help in this research