Lance-Sergeant Ernest Wakefield, 2654574, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards.
Ernest Wakefield was born in the Summer of 1911, the son of George Henry Wakefield and his wife Rebecca (nee Darlow) who married in Ossett in late 1910. Ernest had a younger brother, Harry who was born in 1914 in the Wakefield area.
Ernest Wakefield married Hildred Teale in the Dewsbury Registration District in 1932 and they had four children together, all boys: George B., born 1933; John D., born 1934; Ronald A., born 1935 and Edward D., born 1937. At the time of Sergeant Wakefield's death, his wife and children lived in Lupset, Wakefield.
Wakefield was a reservist in 1939 and was called up on the outbreak of WW2. Formerly of 217 Thornhill Road, Rastrick, and married with four children, he was killed whilst on active duty on the South Coast.
Ernest Wakefield died on the 15th September 1940, aged 29 years and is buried at St. John's Methodist Chapel, Ossett and his death is recorded on a special memorial stone, located close to the chapel.