Stevenson, Ernest (No. 6014)

Stevenson, Ernest

Rifleman

No. 6014, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 18)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

France (1914-1918) Memorial, Berkshire, England

Thiepval Memorial, France (Addenda Panel)

Holywood and District War Memorial

Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)

BIOGRAPHY

Ernest Stevenson was born on 26 August 1897 in High Street, Holywood and he was the eldest son of Richard and Mary Jane Stevenson (nee Aicken) who were married on 9 September 1896 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  Richard Stevenson of 24 Yarrow Street, Belfast was a son of James Stevenson, a gardener.  Mary Jane Aicken of 97 High Street, Holywood was a daughter of Robert Aicken, a butcher.

The Stevenson family lived in High Street, Holywood.

Richard Stevenson worked as a house painter and he and Mary had at least six children including:

Ernest (born 26 August 1897 in High Street, Holywood)

Richard Gibson (born 17 January 1900 in High Street, Holywood)

David John (born 1 November 1901 at 16 Charleville Street, Belfast)

Robert James (born 16 July 1904 at 16 Charleville Street, Belfast; died or broncho-pneumonia 15 July 1905)

James (born 19 July 1905 at Kinnegar, Holywood)

Ernest Stevenson served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and he went to France on 9 December 1915 with 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster Division).

Rifleman Ernest Stevenson (No. 6014) was 18 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he has no known grave.

Rifleman Ernest Stevenson (No. 6014) is commemorated on the France (1914-1918) Memorial, Berkshire, England; on the Thiepval Memorial in France (Addenda Panel); on Holywood and District War Memorial and in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).