Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Second Lieutenant Ernest Stevens, 1st Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s), died from wounds received the previous evening on the Western Front.
Educated at King’s College, London, he had considered a career in the civil service, but not liking city life he decided to join the army. He enlisted in the year 1900 and served as a private with the Seaforth Highlanders in Egypt and India, rising in rank to Regimental Quartermaster-Sergeant. For three years in a row he was the best shot in his battalion, and was Regimental Scout for several years. In January of 1915 Second Lieutenant Stevens received his commission.
On the night of the 1st of February in 1915, while out with a trench-digging party, he was shot in the head and died the next day. He lies buried in the Le Touret Military Cemetery at Richebourg-l’Avoue in France.
Ernest, from Winchester, was 34 years old and married with three children.