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Old 13-07-15, 05:59
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Default (67) Ernest Packham, S Wales Borderers Pte 40209/13151, 6th Dragoon Guards

Ernest Packham, South Wales Borderers Pte 40209, then Shoeing Smith 13151, 6th Dragoon Guards, Household Cavalry, 67th of the Old Boys of St Wilfrid's School, Haywards Heath to lose his life in the Great War.

Ernest was born in America Lane, Haywards Heath in 1890, youngest of the three sons of Charles and Mary Packham. In 1891 and 1901 they lived at 9 The Colony which had been built by Quaker philanthropist William Allen in the 1830s. Ernest’s father was a bricklayer.

By 1911 Ernest had become a farrier and was boarding with another farrier in Croydon. He enlisted on 5 Sept 1914 aged 24 years and 201 days, was 5 feet 5 ¼ inches tall, with blue eyes, brown hair and 39 ½ inch chest. His skills at shoeing a horse were tested at Canterbury, then he served in the UK until being sent to France on 4 Dec 1916. He was killed in action there on 26 Aug 1918, aged 28, and is buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, grave XXII. M. 7.

These pieces appeared in the local paper:

MID SUSSEX TIMES 10th Sep 1918
KILLED IN ACTION – the sad news was officially received on Saturday of the death of Shoeing Smith Ernest Packham, Dragoon Guards, he having met his death in action in France on 26th August. His age was 26, he was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs C Packham of Holly Farm, Ardingly, and an Old Boy of St Wilfrid’s School, Haywards Heath.

PACKHAM – Killed in action on 26th August, Shoeing Smith Ernest Packham, Dragoon Guards BEF, France, youngest son of Mr and Mrs C Packham, of Holly Farm, Ardingly aged 26.


His father Charles was sent his effects of £20 13s 6d on 23 January 1919, followed by a War Gratuity of £19 on 28 November 1919.

The Vicar of Ardingly witnessed the application his father made to receive a commemorative plaque and scroll, and his father received Ernest’s medals- the British War Medal and Victory Medal - through the post at his home at Holly Farm, Ardingly on Dec 8th 1921.

The Packhams had also lost their eldest son Henry, though not in the war, he died in early 1914 in Oxfordshire leaving a widow and two young children.
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