Lance/Corporal Ernest Greenwood
51744 20th Liverpool Regiment
Killed in Action 4th November 1917, aged 17
Lived at 23 Reynolds Street
Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Burnley Express 10th November 1917 - 10th November 1917

Son of John William & Susannah Greenwood.
Brother Albert KIA 3/11/1917.
see Liverpools Pals Book by G Maddocks

BURNLEY TEACHER. (Burnley Express 10th November 1917)

Teachers and amateur theatricals in Burnley will learn with regret of the death in action last Saturday of Lance Corporal Ernest Greenwood (27) 51744, Liverpool Regiment , third son of Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood, 28 Reynolds Street, Burnley. He joined up in February, 1916 and in the following July he was sent on active service. He was home a fortnight ago. In civil life he was a teacher. When at school he won a scholarship from Coal Clough, and was subsequently for three years at the Grammar School before becoming a pupil teacher at Abel-street. Thence he passed to Borough Road College, Isleworth, London, and afterwards became a member of the Red Lion Street School staff. He was connected with St Matthew’s Church. He had musical and dramatic tastes, being an accomplished pianist, and a member of the Dramatic Class at the Mechanics’ Institute. He took part in the production of “The School for Scandal.” J. Atkin, a friend of the Lance-Corporal, writing on Monday to Mrs. Greenwood stated:”Ernie was almost a brother to me. Ever since joining up we have been together. Ernie, a sergeant, and some more men were out doing their duty, when a German machine-gun opened fire, and Ernie was hit, and fell into the sergeant’s arms. The sergeant saw immediately that the wound was fatal. Ernie was very popular with the company, and it was a great help to me to receive words expressing sorrow that he was gone from us, and also expressions of sympathy with myself as his chum.”

A chaplain, E.N. Moore, in a letter on the same day, wrote;- “All those who knew him feel the loss very much, especially the men and officers of the company. The officer in charge told me that if he had tried to rush the post they set out to raid he was sure of three or four men following him at all costs. One of them, he was sure, would have been your boy, who would not have wavered from his duty for a moment. The day before he was killed he was at battalion headquarters, and the C.O. remarked what a splendid boy he was, intelligent, bright and keen. I did not see him after his return from leave before going in the line, and so it is some time since I last saw him, but I shall always treasure the short friendship I had with him. I think it an honour to serve such men as a priest.”

Photo courtesy of his nephew Arthur Precious




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