Ernest Stowe (1886 – 1917) was born in Colchester to William and Emma Stowe living at 36 then 38 Crowhurst Road. William was a police sergeant. Ernest became an auctioneers clerk when he left school aged 14 and later worked as a composter at a printing works. In 1913 he married Rosa Mann.
Ernest first joined the Essex Regiment and later the Suffolk Regiment. He died in May 1917 of his wounds in hospital at Rouen, at 2.30am. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen and remembered on the roll of honour in St Mary at the Walls Church (now Colchester Arts Centre).
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