Private Ernest Longley 15/601

Private Ernest Longley

Born. Potternewton, Leeds, 1890.
Killed In Action 1st July 1916.

Ernest Longley was the youngest son of Walter Longley, of Park View, Newton Road, Leeds. After his education at Leeds Grammar School, he joined the family business of Joseph Longley, bedding manufacturers of Lands Lane and New York Street, Leeds.

A young gifted footballer he played for Leeds Grammar School, the Y.M.C.A., and also Leeds Yarnbury.

On the outbreak of war enlisted into the Leeds Pals on 4th September 1914 and was posted to Section 10, 3 Platoon of A Company to become a Platoon bomber under the command of Captain Richard Morris Stanley Blease.

He served with the “Pals” at Colsterdale, Egypt and France and was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 in the attack on Serre. (Battle of the Somme)

With thanks to Mr James Longley for the Photograph and information provided.

Having no known grave he is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial,Somme,France.

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