War Memorial File



11th Battalion The Queen’s. (Royal West Surrey Regiment).

Service number; G/6907.

Died on August 1st 1917.

Aged 20 years.


Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,
Panel 11 - 13 and 14.


Died August 1st 1917, aged 20 years.

Son of John and Hannah Jakes, of Church Hill, Castor, Peterborough.

Report copied from The Peterborough Standard, dated August 11th 1917.

LANCE-CORPL. ERNEST JAKES, Queen’s Royal West Surreys, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Jakes, of Castor, was killed in action in France on July 31st, aged 20. The sad news was conveyed to the parents by a comrade from Sutton, who was in the same company as deceased. Great sympathy is expressed for Mr. and Mrs. Jakes as they had previously had one son killed in action, and another son is blind through wounds received in battle. Lance-Corporal Ernest Jakes was a very quiet and amiable lad, and was very much liked by all who knew him. He belonged to the old Castor Scout Troop, and joined the Army voluntarily. He was slightly wounded some months ago, but had quite recovered. His brother, Sec-Lieut. Percy Jakes, late of the Northants, is home on leave.

Report copied from The Stamford Mercury, dated August 17th 1917.

Lance-corp. Ernest Jakes, was killed in action in France on July 31st. Great sympathy is expressed for the parents, for they have previously had another son killed in action, and a third son blinded through wounds received. Another brother, Second-Lieut. P. Jakes, is at present home from France on leave.

Further information;
Ernest was killed on the Somme, five months after his brother Arthur. He was the youngest of six sons born to John and Hannah Jakes
The date of his death according to The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is August 1st, but on his memorial stone it is July 31st.

There is a memorial stone in Castor Churchyard with the following inscription:

In loving memory of
our dear son.
Ernest Stuart Jakes
11th Royal West Surrey Regt.
Killed in action in France
July 31st 1917
Aged 20 years.