Before going to War (Lance Corporal) Ernest Maynard had worked in the garden at Stondon Rectory. He was called up in March 1916. He was killed on the French Front on 27th June 1917, serving in the 8th Bedford, No. 1 Platoon, “A” Co. No. 33237. Revd. Reeve wrote, “It appears that he was attached to a Machine Gun which was doing good service when a shell burst among those manning it, killing most of them instantaneously”. He was buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, 1 mile south of North Vermelles, France.
The ‘Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ includes the following citation: