Ernest George Brett was baptised at Charminster, Dorset on 4th December 1892, the son of Joe and Ann Brett of Charminster. Joe was a carpenter. Ernest's birth was registered at Dorchester.

The 1901 census for Grimstone the Brett’s living in Turnpike Cottage at Grimstone.
Ann Brett Head M 44 Wiltshire, Compton Chamberlyne
Ernest G Brett Son S 8 x Dorset, Charminster
Florence M Brett Daur S 7   Dorset, Charminster
Oswold Brett Son S 4 Dorset, Stratton (Grimstone)
Violet M Brett Daur S 2 Dorset, Stratton (Grimstone)
Edward Trim Border S 79 Retired Labourer Dorset, Puddletown
Lance Corporal 8304 E. Brett, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles was serving in France in 1918. On 8th February 1918, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles became part of the 107th Brigade in the 36th (Ulster) Division. The Great War cost 36th (Ulster) Division 32,186 men killed, wounded or missing.

Ernest Brett was killed in action on 11th July 1918 and was buried in Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery, France (Grave Reference – Plot V. Row D. Grave 3).
Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Valenciennes remained in German hands from the early days of the First World War until 1st/2nd November 1918, when it was entered and cleared by the Canadian Corps. 5,000 civilians were found in the town.

The Communal Cemetery of St. Roch was used by the Germans in August and September 1914 and an extension was then made on the south-east side. The Commonwealth plots were made adjoining the German: I and II contain the graves of October 1918 to December 1919; III, IV, V and part of VI contain the graves of 348 soldiers buried originally in the German Extension and 226 whose bodies were brought from other cemeteries or from the battlefields. The German Extension has since been removed and the Commonwealth plots are within the enlarged Communal Cemetery. The cemetery now contains 885 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 37 of the burials are unidentified.

Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 – 1918 list both Irish men who died in World War One and men who served in Irish Regiments. Ernest Brett’s details are recorded.
  The 1918 Register of Electors for Stratton shows Ernest’s parents (Anne and Joe) and younger brother Oswald. Joe and Oswald are shown as absent; not resident in Stratton at the time the register was compiled. Joe is listed as Sapper 354483 I. W. & D., R.E. (Inland Waterways & Docks, Royal Engineers) and Oswald as Private 204290, 2nd Bedfords.  
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