1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45

In Memory of
Private 12537
9th Btn, Essex Regiment
who died on Tuesday, 28th December 1915.
Age 25.
War Graves
            Casualty_Details :       506170
Personal Information

Ernest was born in Panfield on 31st May 1888.

Son of Thomas Stock and the late Jessie Stock, of Rayne Hall Green, Rayne, Essex. Ernest had a sister, Alice.
Ernest went to Rayne School, being admitted on 14th December 1896, leaving on 30th November 1899 to work in a factory, later becoming a kitchen boy and finally a coal porter.

Enlisted at Chelmsford.

Memorial: Grave
Reference/Panel Number:

ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France VI. B. 24A.

Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne.

During the 1914-18 war, the neighbourhood of the Cemetery became the scene of immense concentrations of British reinforcement camps and of British hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and it was accessible by railway from either the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes, and the hospitals (which included eleven General, one Stationary and four Red Cross Hospitals and a Convalescent Depot) could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. Convalescent Depot remained. The earliest burial in the Cemetery dates from May 1915.

There are now nearly 11,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site and over 100 from the 1939-45 War. The cemetery covers an area of 59,049 square metres. The graves lie below three terraces, the midmost of which carries the War Stone and two pylons, and the highest is dominated by the Cross.

Theatre of War

Etaples, on the French coast, near Le Touquet, was the site on one of the largest British Military Hospitals. It is probable that Private Stock died of injuries sustained whilst with the 9th Essex at the Battle of Loos in October 1915