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Information from Clive Wood, 2008
Private Ernest Montague Partridge

18031 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr Charles and Mrs Elizabeth Partridge
Husband of Catherine Alice Partridge

Aged 37 years

Died 16 July 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
Pier & Face 11A & 11D

Born at Edensor DBY, enlisted at Rushden.
The Rushden Echo Friday 28 July 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden CWS Victim - Pte Ernest M Partridge Fallen in Action

It is with deepest regret that we have to report, unofficially, the death in action of Pte Ernest M Partridge, 18031, Northants Regt., whose home is 18, Spencer-road, Rushden. The news is contained in a postcard which Mrs Croot, of High-street, Rushden, has received from the deceased soldier's cousin, Pte Harry Partridge, who has been fighting "side by side" so to speak with Pte Ernest Partridge. The post card was dated July 18th.

The deceased soldier, who was called up 12 months last April, and went to the front in November, 1915, leaves a widow and nine children, the eldest of whom is only 16½ years old, the youngest being nine months old. Pte E Partridge formerly worked at the CWS shoe factory, Rushden.

Wellingborough News, July 18 1916, transcribed by Clive Wood

A Bereaved Rushden Family

We much regret to state that Mrs Partridge, of 18 Spencer-road, Rushden, has received unofficial news that her husband, Pte Ernest M. Partridge (Northants Regt) has been killed in France. The news was contained in a message sent to Mrs Croot, of High-street, Rushden, by Pte. Henry Partridge — a cousin and trench comrade of deceased — who said that Pte Ernest Partridge was killed instantly therefore suffered no pain. Pte E M Partridge enlisted in August 1915 and went to the front in November. He formerly worked at the Co-operative boot factory, Mrs Partridge’s case is very sad, as she is left with nine children, the eldest of whom is 16-years of age.
The Rushden Echo Friday 4 August 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Bullets Right and Left - Rushden Soldier Wounded Several Times But Not Very Seriously - Terrible Scenes

Mrs Geo. King, of 35 Spencer-road, Rushden, whose husband, Pte G. King, of the Northants Regt, has been wounded and admitted into hospital, has received from him the following letter:-

"... We lost a good many before we went into action. Poor Mr Partridge was killed instantly. A week last Sunday night, a piece of shell struck him across the top of the head, and we had nine more wounded as well, all with one shell, and his cousin got his arm blown off the next day. It was grievous to see the dead and wounded lying about."

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