Posted 01 December 2011 - 11:27 PM
Newbury Weekly News, 1 March 1917 p3
Pte Ernest Appleford. – The news of the death of Pte Ernest Appleford came as a particularly sad and pathetic circumstance to all the people living in this little village, he having joined the colours only five weeks ago, the last of that noble band who had gone out from here at the call of King and Country. He was in the Royal Field Artillery, and died in the Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, on February 17th. The body was conveyed to Newbury by late train on Tuesday and brought over to Winterbourne on Wednesday and laid to rest in the new ground at Winterbourne Churchyard. At the funeral, at which the Rev B H B Atlee, Vicar of Chieveley, officiated, nearly every household in the village were represented, together with Mr Alfred Baylis, his late employer. The hymn sung in the church was “O God our help in ages past,” and as the body was borne to the grave on the shoulders of eight comrades of the RFA, the “Dead March in Saul” was played. Floral tributes of affection placed on the coffin, were from Florrie, Laura, Frank, Edith, Lizzie and other members of the family and friends. The death of Ernest is further saddened by the thought that his brother Alfred, was killed in action only ten months ago, and both parents have died within three years. The remaining brother is now on active service somewhere in France.
Perhaps the CWGC would like another grave to look after ...