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Ernest Alfred Cash


Ernest Alfred Cash was born in Bedford, towards the end of 1893. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Cash. In 1901, they were living at 9 Alma Street, in Leicester. His father, John, was a Bricklayer.

Early Life

Ernest’s school was Salford Secondary School for Boys, which in 1932 was renamed Salford Grammar School. On its foundation, it took over the borough’s existing arrangements for male Pupil Teacher training, and for many years there was a distinct stream of boys within the School heading for careers as teachers. Some would go straight into assistant posts in local elementary schools, while others, like Ernest, went to specialist training colleges.

In 1911, Ernest was at home and working as a part-time Assistant Teacher at St. Matthias’s School. The family was living at 16 Brookland Street, in Salford, and his parents now had eight children.

Chester College

Ernest trained to be a teacher at Chester College and left in 1914. He then worked for the Salford Corporation Education Department.

Military Service

Ernest originally enlisted with the Manchester Regiment but was sent to France on September 21, 1915 as a Corporal in a specialist Company of the Royal Engineers. In December 1916 he was wounded and after recovery, he received a Commission and went to France. He was subsequently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry on March 28, 1917. He was serving with the 14th Battalion of the DLI when he was wounded on June 16, 1917, dying the following day. He was 23 years old. His unit was part of 18th Brigade in 6th Division and there was no major battle at the time. He appeared to have been killed by harassing artillery fire (intermittent fire over a long period of time designed to disrupt sleep, lower morale and impede the delivery of supplies).

Post Mortem

Edwin was killed in France on June 17, 1917 after being seriously wounded on the night of June 16 by a German shell. His obituary stated that his loss was deeply felt by all in the Battalion and he was liked for his cheery manner even under the most trying circumstances.

Ernest’s name appears on a number of war memorials, including the Old Salfordians’ memorial plaque for former pupils of his school, which now hangs in the Peel Building of the University of Salford.