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Ernest was born in 1882 to Robert Henry and Sarah Pigford. He had one brother, Frederick, who worked as a painter, and three sisters, Edith, Dorothy and Ethel. Before the war, he had been a school teacher and a house painter.
Ernest was killed during the Battle of Jutland, when the Black Prince sank on 31st May 1916. He was aged 34.
23 Victoria Terr, Annfield Plain, Lanchester (place of residence as entered in the 1911 census)
Battle of Jutland
Ernest is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent and in Stanley (Harelaw) Cemetery, County Durham.
UK Census registers, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
UK Military Service Records, National Archives (available via Ancestry.co.uk)
Newcastle University Archives (Roll of Service, Armstrong College Calendars, The Northerner Student Magazine)
North East War Memorials Project
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919
Sophie Anderton, Holly Johnson, Amy Shiel.
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