Cumberbatch Family History

Ephraim Cumberbatch[1]

Male 1894 - 1917  (~ 23 years)


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  • Name Ephraim Cumberbatch  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Born Between Jan 1894 and Mar 1894  Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Private Royal Fusiliers Regimental Number 3  [6
    Occupation 31 Mar 1901  Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    School 
    Residence 31 Mar 1901  25 Vale Pleasant, Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Age: 7y 
    Occupation 2 Apr 1911  Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Horse Driver 
    • Industry or Service with which worker is connected: Coal Mine
      Whether Employer, Worker, or Working on Own Account: Worker
    Residence 2 Apr 1911  20 Vale Pleasant, Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 17y 
    Buried Oct 1917  Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.
    Occupation 12 Oct 1917  [5, 6
    Private 45216 Machine Gun Corps 
    Reference Number 0002028 
    Reference Number 1901052 
    Reference Number 1911028 
    Died 12 Oct 1917  France & Flanders, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Person ID I2028  Cumberbatch
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2017 

    Father Ephraim Cumberbatch,   b. 15 Jul 1861, Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Jan 1942 and Mar 1942, Newcastle under Lyme Registration District, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Eliza Alice Dale,   b. Cal 1862, Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Oct 1907 and Dec 1907, Wolstanton Registration District, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Married Between Oct 1880 and Dec 1880  Newcastle under Lyme Registration District, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Notes 
    • Dec 1907 Wolstanton, CUMBERBATCH Eliza A aged:45 died.
    Family ID F627  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Between Jan 1894 and Mar 1894 - Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - School - 31 Mar 1901 - Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 7y - 31 Mar 1901 - 25 Vale Pleasant, Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Horse Driver - 2 Apr 1911 - Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 17y - 2 Apr 1911 - 20 Vale Pleasant, Silverdale, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Oct 1917 - Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Oct 1917 - France & Flanders, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • He whom this scroll commemorates was numbered among those who, at the call of King and Country left all that was dear to them, and endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom.
      Let those who come after see to it that his name be not forgotten.

      45216 Private Ephraim Cumberbatch
      26th Machine Gun Company, Machine Gun Corps and formerly 3, 8th Service Battalion Royal Fusiliers
      Born: Silverdale, Staffordshire 1894 and was Killed in Action in France 12th October 1917
      Ephraim Cumberbatch was born in January 1894 in Silverdale, Staffordshire, England and was the son of Ephraim, Senior a Coal Miner, & Eliza Alice his wife. Following his school years he initially followed his father into the Colliery before answering the call of King and Country.
      On Monday 10th August 1914, and at the age of 20 years and 8 months, he left his family home in Silverdale and travelled to Stoke-on-Trent and enlisted in the Army. With God’s help, he took the Oath of Allegiance to King George Vth.
      This 130lb, 5 ft 9’ man with a 37½’ chest was in good physical shape. He had been vaccinated as a child and had a fresh complexion with brown eyes and brown hair. He had perfect vision with his right eye, but his left eye was short-sighted at 6/9. With his left eye, he could see clearly objects at 6 ft where his right eye could see them at 9 feet. However, it took the examining Captain Doctor N. Wall no time at all to declare him fighting fit and to approve and appoint Ephraim to the Royal Fusiliers. He joined for a three year term and was assigned regimental number 3.
      His military service clock officially began ticking on Tuesday 11th August 1914 when he was posted to the Royal Fusiliers Regiment and joined them at Hounslow. He was posted to the 8th Service Battalion Royal Fusiliers on Wednesday 12th August 1914.
      Sadly the trail goes cold for 18 months, until he becomes an active service casualty in the field when he is admitted for [shell] shock on 3rd & 4th March 1916 to a General Hospital in Rouen, France. On the 22nd March 1916 he is posted back to his Base Depot and then posted to the 5th Battalion on 2nd June 1916.
      He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps on Monday 31st July 1916 and was assigned regimental number 45216. He travels from Folkestone, England to Boulogne, France on 13th August 1916 and joins his Base Depot at Camiers in France on 14th August 1916.
      On Monday 25th September 1916, Ephraim sprains his back and is admitted to a General Hospital at Rouen. Four days later he is transferred to a convalescence unit at the hospital. The Army considers his sprained back to be of a trivial nature and that it would not interfere with Ephraim’s military duty. He returns to Camiers on 9th October 1916 following his discharge to duty from the Rouen Hospital on 6th October 1916.
      He contracts Bronchitis at Camiers 18th November 1916 and then contracts Tuberculous Myalgia at Camiers on 17th February 1917 and is admitted to hospital on 23rd February 1917 for one day. He returns to the convalescence depot and rejoins his Base Depot 7th April 1917. He once more is admitted to hospital on 15th April 1917 and discharged to duty 6 days later and returns to his Base on 22nd April.
      He rejoins his 26 Machine Gun Company, Machine Gun Corps in the field of battle on 21st June 1917. On 12th October 1917 Private Ephraim Cumberbatch is killed in action.
      For taking part in the British Expeditionary Force in France, Ephraim Cumberbatch is awarded the 1914-1915 Star. He also qualified for the British War and Victory Medals. He was buried at the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, where a memorial exists on Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.

      Ephraim was not married and therefore, left no wife or dependent children. He did leave his 89 year old grandmother Mary Sumnall, parents Ephraim and Eliza Alice, an elder brother Henry and William, elder sisters Mary & Lottie and two younger sisters Alice and Edith.
      The War Office swung into action. They wrote to the Officer in Charge of the Machine Gun Corps Records Dept to ensure that Ephraim’s personal property and medals are sent to his father at the family home of 26 Vale Pleasant, Silverdale, Staffordshire, England.
      On 19th October 1920 Ephraim’s father received a letter from the Machine Gun Corps. It simply read:
      "Dear Sir of Madam
      I beg to enclose herewith His Most Gracious Majesty’s letter together with the Memorial Scroll of 45216 Private E Cumberbatch. Kindly acknowledge receipt hereon. Prepaid slip enclose for same"
      The receipt was returned by Ephraim’s father with his signature and with the additional words hand written on the receipt:
      " Received with thanks, yours truly E C [Ephraim Cumberbatch]"

      The letter Ephraim’s family received would have read:
      “Buckingham Palace I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War. George R.I”

      The final award, which was dispatched under separate cover in stiff card wrapping enclosed within white envelopes bearing the Royal Arms and again accompanied by a letter from King George V which bore his facsimile signature, was the “Next of Kin Memorial Plaque”. This was commonly referred to as the “Dead Man’s Penny”.

      May Ephraim Cumberbatch rest in the peace that he helped to create for us all.

      For more details on the background of the Next of Kin Memorial Plaque see: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/exhibits/plaque01.htm
      Sources: WO 363/C 1889 Army Service Records - “The Burnt Series” The National Archives-formerly the Public Records Office; “Medal Index Card” and Medal Rolls The National Archives-formerly the Public Records Office; “Soldiers Died in the Great War” The Naval & Military Press; The Commonwealth War Grave Commission www:cwgc.org; Imperial War Museum www.iwm.org.uk
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1167] File (merged): C:\Users\Bob\Documents\Family Historian Projects\Census 1901 England & Wales\Census 1901 England & Wales.fh_data\Census 1901 England & Wales.ged.
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    2. [S1287] Births England & Wales 1894 Mar Wolstanton, Cumberbatch Ephraim, (www.freebmd.org.uk).

    3. [S1286] Census 1901 Silverdale, Staffordshire, England RG13/2587/63/p31, (RG13/2587/63/p31).

    4. [S654] Census 1911 Silverdale, Staffordshire, England RG14PN16454 RG78PN1019 RD360 SD1 ED16 SN216, (RG14PN16454 RG78PN1019 RD360 SD1 ED16 SN216).

    5. [S8937] Commonwealth War Graves Commission Private Ephraim Cumberbatch.

    6. [S4951] WW1 Service Record Ephraim Cumberbatch.

    7. [S4952] Deaths England & Wales 1817 GRO War Death Army Other Ranks, Ephraim Cumberbatch.

    8. [S2316] Marriages England & Wales 1880 Dec Newcastle under Lyme, Ephraim Cumberbatch & Eliza Alice Dale, (www.freebmd.org.uk).