Biography of Private Ernest Plowright (608)
6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
Formerly in the 1st, 2nd and 10th Lincs
Died 6th November 1918


  • Name: Ernest Plowright
  • Date of birth: 1895
  • Place of Birth: Aslackby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: April – June 1895
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: John William Plowright
  • DOB: 1868
  • Place of Birth: Langtoft, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Carpenter on farm

  • Name: Sarah Elizabeth Christian
  • DOB: 1872
  • Place Of Birth: Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 19 February 1893 Scopwick, Lincolnshire, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Emma Plowright Christian, 1891, Scopwick
  • James William Plowright, 1893, Scopwick
  • Ernest Plowright, 1895, Aslackby
  • James William Plowright, 1896, Aslackby
  • Florence A Plowright, 1902, Aslackby
  • Edith Plowright, 1903, Aslackby
  • John Robert Plowright, 1907, Aslackby
  • Dorothy Plowright, 1916, Aslackby

  • 1901: Ernest is living with his parents in Aslackby, Lincolnshire
  • 1911: Ernest is living with his parents in Aslackby, Lincolnshire
Relatives in services

  • Ernest’s’s brother James William Plowright also fought and were killed in WW1. James can be found on our page dedicated to the Aslackby War Memorial.

  • Name: Edith Porter
  • Date of birth: 1895
  • Place of Birth: Corby, Lincolnshire, England


  • Date of Marriage: 10th September 1918
  • Place of Marriage: Corby Glen, Lincolnshire, England


  • Albert Ernest Westerdale, 1915, Morton nr Bourne
Wife’s parents

  • Father: Edward Porter
  • Mother: Eliza Emily Marriott

Newspaper Mentions

  • LincolnshireEcho Friday 16th July 1915
    THe total number of recruits from Aslackby now number 27.  B. Ellis is invalided in a hosptial at Diss with a serious injury to his knee.  Sergeant Gray and Ernest Plowright has been discharged from hospital and returned again to their company.


  • Sheffield Daily Telegraph Thursday 5th April 1917
    Plowright (608), E. (Folkingham)


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 14th December 1918
    The sad news has reached Aslackby that Private Ernest Plowright was killed on Nov 4th and Gnr Herbert Gubbings on Nov 6th. Much sympathy is felt with their bereaved parents. Plowright was sleeping in a barn with his mates and he went outside at 11pm to attend to the horses. At that moment he was struck by shell and fatally wounded. His older brother, William has been missing for seven months and it is thought that he is a prisoner. Gubbins had been home on leave and was in the best of health and spirits on his return to France and his parents who live at Graby were expecting him home again shortly. It is understood that he was in the trenches when he received mortal wound from a shell.


  • The Weekly Calualty List Tuesday January 28th 1919
    Plowright 608 E., (Grantham)


    • Grantham Journal Saturday 1 November 1919
      In Memoriam
      PLOWRIGHT – In kind remembrance of Pte E Plowright who was killed in action Nov 4th 1918
      Greater love hath no man than this – that he lay down his life for his friends.

      From his Pal Joe Jackson (Bourne)

      PLOWRIGHT – In living and affectional remembrance of my dear husband Pte Ernest Plowright killed in action November 5th 1918.

      What would I give his hand to clasp,
      His patient face to see,
      To bear his voice, see his welcome smile,
      That meant so much to me?

      I love him in the years gone by-
      True love death cannot sever;
      If life is past, mu love shall last,
      For ever and for ever.

      From his sorrowing wife and son (Ernest)- Corby

    Military Records

    Attestation Papers

    • Available

    Soldier’s Died In The Great War

    • These records show that Private Ernest Plowright, 608, 6th Btn, Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 6th November 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

    Pension Records

    • Available

    Effects Left Too

    • Widow Edith


    • The British Medal
    • The Victory Medal


    • UK:
    • Aslackby, plaque in St James’ Church


    © Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

    © Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

    Military Service Timeline

    • Enlisted in Bourne
    • Killed in action


    • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


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