Sapper Ernest Sydney Crick

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

12 Apr 1918

Media files and documents

War time / or Pre War occupation



Ginger Beer Works

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

Stopsley Green
United Kingdom

Place of Death

France & Flanders

Grave Location

Mons (Bergen) Communal Cemeteryy

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 20th June 1918
Stopsley War Memorial

Ernest Sydney Crick was born in Luton in 1886 to William & Elizabeth.

He was the youngest of 7 children.

In 1891 aged 5 he is living with his parents & 5 of his siblings Emma 19, Eli 16, Albert 14, Arthur 11 & 8 year old Joseph at 64 Stopsley Green. His father is a Horse keeper, his mother & sister Emma are straw hat machinists, Eli is a farm labourer & Albert is a ploughboy. Ernest is at school with his brothers Arthur & Joseph.

In 1911 the census tells us that his father has since died & all the children have left home except Ernest who is 32 years old, single & living with his widowed mother & working as a labourer at the ginger beer works. Before enlisting he was living with his half-brother, Frederick Smith, at 67 Duke Street, Luton.

Although no service record survives for Ernest, it is known that he enlisted into the 470th Field Company Royal Engineers. During the great German offensive in 1918, on the 21st March Ernest's company was under a double pincer attack & sadly was destroyed, with only a few survivors. Ernest suffered a knee wound as a result of which he sadly died on 12th April 1918 at Mons.

He is buried at Mons (Bergen) Communal Cemetery in plot VIII. D. 4 in Hainult, Belgium.

He is remembered on the Stopsley War Memorial, Hitchin Road, Luton.

Individual Location

Stopsley War Memorial

Author: KarenC

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