Siblings: James, Walter, Tom, George, Herbert, Frank
Occupation: Woollen warehouseman
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park and St Luke’s
Regiment: ¼ Northumberland Fusiliers
Ernest Fogden was born on the 9th of February 1888 and baptised at St Luke, Eccleshill on the 6th October 1888. He was the son of William Joseph and Clara nee Rhodes of 56 Charnwood Road, Eccleshill. By 1891 the couple had six children: James, William, Walter, Tom, George and Ernest. Two further children were born, Herbert in 1889 and Frank in 1892.William Joseph died in 1900 at the age of 41 and by 1911 the family were living at 48 Hatfield Road. All the family were working and Ernest at 23 years of age was working as a woollen warehouseman.
Ernest married in Bradford in 1914 to Elsie Benson who had been born in Bradford in 1889 and they went to live at 59 Charnwood Road.Ernest enlisted on the 30th July 1916 as Private 235224 in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. His battalion took part in the third battle of Ypres 31st July to 10th October 1917 which comprised of 8 phases and is more commonly known by the Battle of Passchen-daele. He was killed in action on the 7th September 1917 during a lull in fighting between the Battle of Menin Road Bridge and the Battle
of Polygon Wood. Many casualties on both the Allied and German sides were killed in the fighting during the Third Battle of Ypres. He was 29 years of age and is buried at Heninel communal cemetery extension. The cemetery extension was begun in April 1917 and was used by fighting units until the following November.His effects were left to his widow and sole legatee Elsie who received £1.18s in October 1917 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 3rd July 1917 and £1.0.0d on the 26th January 1920.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks