Westerman, Ernest William

Westerman, Ernest William


Military History:


Regiment:                               Royal West Kent Regiment

Rank:                                      Private

Regimental Number:              G/22418    

Date of Enlisting:                    31.1.1918

Date of death:                         4th quarter 1970

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:       St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Ernest (aka William Ernest) enlisted at Bedford, Bedfordshire on 31st January 1918.  He was posted as Private to the 3rd to the Royal East Kent Regiment (The Buffs), Regimental Number 25566, on 8th February 1918.  On 10th July 1918 he embarked for the Western Front, France and Flanders.  After having initially spent a few weeks in a hospital in Trouville for a minor ailment he was transferred to Etaples where he re-joined his battalion on 14th December 1918. On 1st March 1919 he transferred to the 6th Battalion (Service) of the Royal West Kent Regiment, Regimental Number G/22418. In June 1919 Ernest suffered from pleurisy, was admitted to a field hospital and evacuated back to England.  After two weeks furlough at home Ernest was posted to the regimental depot until he was demobbed at the end of the War.

Ernest was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Ernest survived the War and died in the October 1970.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                4.12.1899

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      3.11.l923


Ernest was born on the 4th December 1900 at Ashwell, Hertfordshire, the second son of Herbert George and Nellie Sarah Jane (nee Westerman) Westerman. He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell until the end of November 1913 when, according to the school records, he left to take work as a bottle washer at a brewery having reached exemption age.  The 1939 census shows him working a slinger crane at a steel foundry.

Ernest married Mary Pettengell in the Royston District on 3rd November 1923.  They had two children, Joyce Muriel born in 1924 and Ernest George born in 1926.

Ernest died at Ashwell in October 1970 and was cremated (probably at Royston, Cambridgeshire) on 16th October 1970.

Ernest’s brother George also saw active service in the War and survived.




Name:Ernest William Westerman
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:October 1970
Enlistment Place:Bedford, Bedfordshire
Regiment:Royal West Jebt Regiment

Formerly Royal East Kent (The Buffs)

Battalion:6th Battalion

Formerly 3rd Battalion

Regimental Number:G/22418

Formerly 25566

Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

Comments about this page

  • Thank you for this information. I am sorry but we do not have a photo of him in the museum collection.

    The Buffs was also the East Kent Regiment and during WW1 the Regiment raised 14 Battalions and was awarded 48 battle honours and 1 Victoria cross, losing 6,000 men during the course of the First World War. 1st Battalion. 04.08.1914 Stationed at Fermoy as part of the 16th Brigade of the 6th Division

    By Peter Greener (01/11/2018)
  • Hi he’s my great great uncle he went to France in 1918 and was transferred to the 6th division the Buffs,would you have a photo by any chance? thanks karl.

    By Karl Westerman (31/10/2018)

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