Corporal Errol Ravell Horne

Errol Ravell Horne was born in Stickford on the 5th February 1895 and was the only son of Kathleen Maude Horne, a twenty five year old single woman from the parish. After leaving school, he was apprenticed to Fred Thornley who owned a grocers shop and also kept the Post Office in Stickford. He lodged on the premises with Fred and his wife Edith and their young daughter Doris. When war was declared, both Errol and Herbert Hipkin from Stickford volunteered together and joined the 8th Lincolnshire Regiment at Lincoln. After army training at Weelsby Camp at Grimsby they landed at Boulogne in September 1915 under the command of 63rd Brigade in the 21st Division. Errol made the rank of Corporal and served on the Western Front in France and Flanders. Errol died of his wounds on 3rd July at the age of 21 during “Battle Albert” which was just one of the phases of the first Battle of the Somme. Errol is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery in France.

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