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Ernest Walter Ager

Servicenumber : 3599174
Rank : Private
Regiment : Border Regiment
Unit : 1st (Airborne) Battalion
Date of Death : 22-09-1944
Age :
Grave : Plot 25. Row C. Grave 4. 
Ernest Ager was born in Openshaw, Manchester on 21 August 1911. He was a son of William Edward and Clara Ager. Ernest had an older brother, William Edward, an older sister, Annie Beatrice and a younger sister Clara Victoria. Clara Victoria died in 1938, aged just 23.
In 1941 Ernest Ager married Florence Sunman Wellock in Manchester. 
Ager was a member of No. 16 Platoon, C Company. The precise circumstances of his death are not known and for a long time he had no known grave. 
His body was recovered from a garden in Van Lennepweg in Oosterbeek in 1993 together with that of Private Douglas Lowery. He was reburied at the Airborne Cemetery on 8 October 1993. Fourteen veterans of the 1st Battalion went to Oosterbeek to act as bearers and escorts at the funeral service for Private Ager and Private Lowery. The coffin of Ernest Ager was carried by Tom Northgraves, Len Scully, Jack Heaton, Ken Briggs, Ron Graydon and Jack Hardwick.
Ernest's nephew was born two years after his death and named after him. His widow Florence remarried with a Mr. Livesey.  
Picture: 23-09-1944
The funeral of Private Ager and Private Lowery. The first coffin is that of Ernest Ager. 
 
Sources: Website CWGC, Website www.paradata.org.uk, When Dragons Flew and Roll of Honour

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