Rifleman Harry Ernest Ewington.
By Rosemary Marshall (nee Ewington)
Harry joined the Herts. and Beds.Regiment in May 1916. He was stationed at Ampthill, Bedfordshire until he was shipped to France from Felixstowe, Suffolk. He was later transferred to the 10th Rifle Brigade. Service No 200437
He served in the trenches on the Somme, sometimes he was put in charge of the Lewis gun. Conditions were very bad, and at times food was scarce. My mother Edith used to send him a parcel each week of fruit cake, chocolate, sausages and eggs. Other comforts were socks, handkerchiefs and clean rag to clean his rifle. These parcels were always shared with his friends.
One day he got lost in No-Man’s land and walked into a pill box full of Germans they were so surprised, he quickly turned round and made a hasty retreat.
|In August 1917 Harry was severely wounded and crawled on all fours to a Casualty Station where he stayed unattended for 4 days. As his wounds were abdominal he only survived because he was starving at the time. He was eventually moved to a hospital in Rouen where he was operated on to remove the bullets, and remained there for about 4 weeks. He was then transported back to England to “Uplands” a hospital in Winchester. He was there until December 1917 when he was discharged medically unfit for further duty.