Ernest Albert Nowell (1890–1959)


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Ernest was born in 1890 at Gorton, Manchester, the son of Arthur and Emma Nowell. His father was an inspector of waterworks and Ernest worked as a skilled walling mason before becoming an inspector of public works. He married Essie England at Derby in December 1912 before attesting to join the Army in December 1915 at Mold, aged twenty-five. His record shows that he had previously served with the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. In April 1917 he was sent to Mesopotamia. Two years later, in April 1919, he was in a military hospital with dysentery, dermatitis and boils; he was demobbed five months later with a 20% disability allowance.

Newspaper reports

Derbyshire Courier 1 December 1917
Mrs E. Nowell of Church View, Crich, received news from her husband, Sapper Ernest Nowell, last weekend, stating that he is ill in hospital, having had an attack of “sandfly” fever. Soon after landing in Mesopotamia he had an attack and, after recovery, rejoined his company. A couple of days later the fever again attacked him, and he had to return to hospital. Sapper Nowell has been in the Engineers since joining up in October last year. He went to the Eastern front last Easter. Before joining up he was water-works inspector at Mold, Wales.

Derbyshire Courier 4 December 1917
This Week's Derbyshire Casualties
Sapper E. Nowell

Derbyshire Courier 24 May 1919
Sapper Ernest Nowell of Church View Crich, arrived home last week after an absence of two years. He has been serving in Mesopotamia.

Derbyshire Courier 27 September 1919
Sapper Ernest NOWELL, R.E.returned home on Wednesday after demobilisation at Ripon. Sapper NOWELL has had just three years in the army, and since April 1917 has been a Mesopotamia period he was invalided home with dysentery last April. Before joining up he was engaged as a public works inspector at Mold,

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Army Service Record
He attested 11 December 1915 at Mold, aged 25 years 10 months a married mason (inspector of public works). Previously he had served with the 5h Bn Notts & Derby Regt but enlisted in the Royal Engineers. His height was 5ft 7in and address given as c/o Mrs England, Church View, Crich. The next of kin was his wife Essie Nowell (nèe) England whom he married 21/12/12 in Derby.He was recorded as being a skilled walling mason.
26/09/16 to 27/04/17 Home
28/04/17 Mesop. Exp. Force
29/04/19 Sent to ? Military Hospital
25/09/19 Demobbed

He received 20% disability pension for suffering from dysentry, dematitis and boils. This was 8/- for him and 11/6 for his wife with 3/6 for his children. His eldest child was born 21 September 1913.


1901: Cleo Mortimer, Shropshire

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
Arthur Nowell head 40 Inspector of waterworks Preston
Emma Nowell wife 40 Stone mason Gorton
William S Nowell son 13 Errand boy Gorton
Ernest A Nowell son 11   Gorton
Agnes E Nowell daughter 8   Gorton
Frederic G Nowell son 4   Gorton

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1911: Preston

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
William Shawups Nowell boarder 23 Stone mason Gorton
Ernest Albert Nowell boarder 21 Stone mason Gorton

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1918 Voters List
Ernest A Nowell, Church View, absent on military service.

1939 Register: Bemrose Gate, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Ernest Nowell b.11 February 1890; inspector civil engineering
Essie Nowell b.16 December 1890

[Ernest A Nowell married Essie England in 1912 December qtr (Derby reg district).
Essie was the sister of Joseph Harold England and William England.]