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Ernest Ransley

Rank: Driver
Street: 14 Corporation Road,Gillingham, Kent
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Country: England
Alternative Address: 9 Fee's Terrace (a.k.a. Ward's Terrace), St. Michael's Road, Longford / 119 Gordon Road, Chatham, Kent &
Census 1901: Present at 1 Cooper's Court, Chatham, Kent.
Census 1911: Present at 8 Warner Street, Chatham, Kent.
Regiment/Unit: Royal Army Service Corps/ [The Buffs. 3rd Battalion]
Regiment Number: T/20942 /[6367]
Date of Death: 21-05-1915
Cause: Died from gas poisoning, at the 6th Stationary Hospital, Le Havre, France.
Memorial: Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France

Ernest was born 14th September 1884 in the parish of All Hallows, Chatham, Kent. Ernest's elder brothers Albert and George, along with their mother, Mary, were all born in Ireland. Ernest's father, Albert, was a Gunner with the Royal Artillery, and was originally from Hawkhurst, Kent. By the time Ernest was 16, he had entered the butchery trade, and his father had left the army.

Ernest enlisted in the Army in October 1901 at the age of 17, and served in the 2nd Boer War. He was transferred to Longford by 1903 and into the Army Reserve in 1905 . Ernest married his wife Elizabeth Bannon August 1905 in the Medway district of Kent. Their eldest living child, Rose Elizabeth, was born in January 1907. Interestingly, Elizabeth was born in Athlone, but grew up in Fee's Terrace, Longford. Driver Ransley had suffered from a gas attack on the Western Front, and died as a result.

Parents Names: Son of Alfred and Mary Ransley (née Byrne), Chatham, Kent.
Notes: Fee's Terrace was written as Tee's Terrace on correspondence with Mrs. Elizabeth Ransley. This became known later as Ward's Terrace. Elizabeth Frances Bannon was born c.1886 in Athlone, and was the daughter of Patrick Bannon, a mason and Anna Maria Bannon, both from Co. Cavan. She was reared in Longford, along with a large number of brothers and sisters, including: Mary Jane, John, Thomas (a teacher), Patrick, Annie Maria, Kathleen, Hugh and Rose. Elizabeth's brother, Thomas Bannon, was also interesting as he was a member of the Gaelic League and a participant in the Easter Rising (see Longford at War entry).

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