DEELEY Ernest Joseph

Category: Military
Rank: Private
Regiment or Ship: Army Reserve; Royal Sussex Regiment; Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.
Service Number(s): 12233; G/69255
Occupation: Hotel Cook
Date of Birth: 1885
Place of Birth: Bermondsey, London
Date of Death: 1940
Place of Death: Kensington, LondonAddress: 2 Windsor Road, Bexhill on Sea

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Family Information

Parents:          William (b.1862) and Catherine (b.1860) Deeley.

Siblings:         Agnes (b.1882); William (b.1884); James (b.1892); Frederick (b. 1897); Annie (b.1900).

In 1911 Ernest and Emma Kent (1888-1970) were working in a hotel – Ernest as a Hotel Cook, and Emma as a Servant.  Late in 1911 Emma gave birth to William Henry Deeley (1911-1978) and in 1912 they were married in Hastings. They had a further child – a daughter – Annie who was born in 1915.

Sometime in 1915 the family were living at 2 Windsor Road, Bexhill on Sea, which is where Ernest was living when he enlisted.

First World War Experience

Ernest enlisted sometime in 1915 into the Army Reserve from where he was posted to the Royal Sussex Regiment.  Before his demob he was again transferred to the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.  No Service Record survives for Ernest but we know from a local newspaper that he was wounded in the early part of 1917. 

Ernest was awarded both the Victory Medal and The British War Medal.

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