Ernest REEVE

  • 1911 Occupation
  • Domicile                         Rose and Crown pub Cotgrave
  • Date of Birth                  1895
  • Kin                                  Harry and Elizabeth Reeve
  • Regiment                        16th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps
  • Division                           33rd Division
  • Brigade                           100 Brigade
  • Service Number             R / 6539
  • Enlistment Date             1915
  • Date of Death                 19 November 1916
  • Rank                                 Private
  • Age at Death                   21c
  • Medals                             14 / 15 Star
  • CWGC Detail                    Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 13A and 13B

The name Ernest Reeve does not appear on the Cotgrave War Memorial but is inscribed on the Memorial Board in All Saints Church as ‘Ernest Reeves’.
Ernest was the son of Harry and Elizabeth Reeve, the Landlord and Landlady of the Rose and Crown Public House in Cotgrave.
In 1915 at the age of 20 he enlisted into the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in Nottingham. He enlisted in the same Regiment and on the same day as Arthur Simpson, who is remembered on the Cotgrave War Memorial having been killed in September 1916. Their numbers are sequential. Arthur lived in Vine Cottage next door to the pub where Ernest lived. Ernest had a brother in the Army but not in the same Regiment.
Ernest was wounded in the hip but we know no more about when and where he died and where he is commemorated. As his parents moved to another pub in Nottingham it is likely that he is commemorated on a different War Memorial to other Cotgrave soldiers.

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