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Ernest Uden was born in Petham, and the 1891 census showed him as aged five, living with his parents Richard and Emily at Hog Lane, Upper Hardres. By the 1901 census they had moved to New Cottages Chilham, and by the 1911 census to Whitehaven, Dunkirk. Ernest and his father were listed as agricultural labourers.
Private Uden’s army record indicates that he enlisted on 10 December 1915 at Faversham into the Buffs, that he had married Kate Packman in 1910 and had two children, Alfred born in 1911 and Charles in 1914. He gave his address as 41 Luton Road Faversham and in 1919 his widow Kate was living at Yew Tree Cottages Dunkirk. By then his parents’ address was 79 Westgate Road Faversham.
Private Uden is remembered with honour at the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, where his name appears amongst those inscribed on panels 12 to 14.
He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at Dunkirk Church.
The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders. The battles of the Ypres Salient claimed many lives on both sides and it quickly became clear that the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth forces with no known grave would have to be divided between several different sites.
The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com.
1891, 1901 and 1911 England census database.
British Army WWI Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
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