Private Ernest William Thomas Groom

Title (Mr/ Mrs/ Capt/ Rev etc): 

First name(s): 

Ernest William Thomas

Surname only: 

Groom

Ernest W.T. Groom was a member of the 2nd Battallion The Bedfordshire Regiment, and was killed on the 11th July 1916 during the attack on Trones Wood.

The advance started at 3:10 AM, and the advance was not spotted until the men were 400 yards from the enemy. At this moment, machine guns opened fire on the men and the battle began. The woodlands were so dense and the night so dark, that it became impossible to see more than 5 yards ahead.

Private Groom died alongside 5 Officers and 239 Other ranks.

He had been called up in January 1916 and went to France in May after four months training at Felixstowe.

Ernest Groom was a single man aged 21 and the only son of nurseryman William Groom and his wife Ellen.

 

Service or Civilian?: 

Service Number: 

25686

Regiment: 

War time / or Pre War occupation: 

Nursery Man

Place of Birth: 

Leagrave
Luton
United Kingdom

Place of Death: 

Trones Wood
Somme
Montauban-de-Picardie
France

War Memorial Location: 

Grave Location: 

United Kingdom

Luton ward: 

World War I Address: 

Marsh Road
Leagrave
Luton
United Kingdom

Individual Location: 

Classifications: 

Images: 

Pte Ernest William Thomas Groom

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Year of Birth: 

1 893

Year of Death: 

1 916

Month of Death: 

Jul

Day of Death: 

11

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Most Relevant Date: 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Source: 

Source Date: 

Thursday, September 14, 1916