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Ernest Manuel was born in Throwley in 1875, the youngest of the three children of James and Ann Manuel. He was an agricultural worker, and he married his wife Ada, who was from Lower Halstow, in 1899. In the 1901 census they were living in Minster, Thanet. By the time of the 1911 census they had moved to Thread Lane; their three children were born later. Before enlisting, he had been a farm labourer on Mr W.L. Hubble's farm.
Ernest Manuel served with The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) and later with the South Staffordshire Regiment in India. He had been in India for a year and seven months, when he died of dysentery on Monday 17 September 1917, aged 42 years. Ernest Manuel is remembered with honour at Kirkee 1914 -1918 Memorial, near Poona, India, and at the war Memorial at St. Michael's Church, Hernhill.
Ernest’s father is thought to have been the chimney sweep, pictured below in an old postcard of Boughton with his donkey cart.
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census database.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
Photos - CWGC and local postcard