Lance Corporal 41391 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade
The Surrey and Hants News 21 November 1918 reported that Ernest Field had enlisted in August 1917 and gone to the front in May 1918. His Captain wrote to inform his parents, saying that he had been killed instantly, and that he had fallen “in the great battle which will bring this war to a victorious conclusion”. He was buried in a row with 10 others from the Rifle Brigade who all died the same day.
The Ash Parish Magazine October 1908 records that Ernest Field and James Voice were amongst 19 boys and girls from Heathcote School who received prizes for “General Proficiency”. Ernest Field also received a Medal for regular attendance.
Ernest Field’s parents were Isaac and Hannah (Susannah) Field who ran Heatherley Stores, a grocers and sweet shop, at 4 Heatherley Cottages, Ash Common. Mr and Mrs Field owned the piece of land next to the shop, and it was intended that this would be a market garden for Ernest. After Ernest was killed, his parents gave the land for the Ash War Memorial. Isaac Field also sent in a subscription of £10 to the War Memorial fund.