Personal and family information:
Baptism Register [ERO D/P 266/1/11] confirms that Ernest Albert Maynard was
baptised on 4th May 1890. His parents were George, a
builder, and Emma.
Albert Maynard is recorded in the Sunday School ‘Scholars’ Admission Book’,
baptised May 4 1890 [ERO D/P 266/28].
In the 1901
census Ernest Maynard was living in the Chelmsford Road with his parents and 4 older
In 1911 census
his parents lived in Chelmsford Road, Blackmore. George, a bricklayer
born Blackmore was aged 62, and Emma, his wife of 40 years, born Mile End,
was 58 years old.
In the 1911
census Ernest Maynard (then aged 21) was a “domestic gardener” living with
his sister Gerlinda [Gertrude] Sankey (aged 26) and her husband, William Sankey (aged
28, a “groom domestic”) at Ivy Cottage, Stondon Massey. William Sankey is recorded on the War Memorial as having come through the War.
Ernest Maynard worked in the garden at Stondon Massey
Rectory before going to war.
died, aged 63, and was buried at Blackmore on 20th
[Burial Register –original in Church Safe].
Edward Reeve, Rector of Stondon Massey, was a keen recorder of events during
the First World War. He wrote [source: ERO T/P 188/3]:
7th February 1916
Gardeners of military age who can pass the medical tests
will now of course be unknown. William
Penson, gardener at Stondon Rectory, went in November 1914 to do his
part. He was engaged for some five
months at Stratford, and then proceeded for a rather
longer period to Chelmsford where he was employed in guarding
Marconi Wireless electric apparatus, and in patrol work of divers kinds. More recently he has been removed to
Manningtree. His place has been filled by Ernest Maynard, a Blackmore lad who
has been learning under him, but he too will now be in request for home
7th March 1916
Our younger garden helper, Ernest Maynard, has now been
called up, and is to join his company for duty on March 15th at
6th July 1917
We have received news of the death of Ernest Maynard
killed on the French Front, formerly a helper in the Rectory Garden.
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
kept a number of letters relating to local men serving on the Western Front.
letters relate to Ernest Maynard [ERO A5898 box 2]
A black edged letter
“Fingrith Hall Road, Blackmore. July 13 
The Rev Reeve
Dr Sir. so sorry to write to tell
you the sad news of the death of our dear brother Ernest Maynard who was
killed in action June 27. Mother has received a very nice letter referring to
his noble death also that he was buried in a cemetery. Yours truly J H Maynard”
a second letter
“Dr Sir. thank you very much for
letter received so sorry but we were unable to answer before as Mother was
waiting the captains letter so I have enclosed same My brother was in the
Essex Regt. He was drafted to the bedfords and he was also a Lewis gunner untill he met his death again thanks
for your kind letter. Yours truly J Maynard”.
Reeve records that Ernest Maynard “joined at Epping in March  the 12th
Essex” [ERO T/P 188/3 f745]
the War Revd Reeve wrote of the deliberations of names to be included on the
War Memorial at Stondon Massey:
“The six names are all that we could fairly include,
though Ernest Maynard, a Blackmore lad who worked in the Rectory garden here
up to the time of enlisting, was well known, and almost eligible; and Fred
Garnham, who fell in the Mons retreat, had been brought up in the village,
but had married and joined from Radley Green, Writtle. R J Ellis was living at Norton [Mandeville]
when he died, but was included as being a true Stondon lad, and with his old
parents still in the parish” [ERO T/P 188/3 f860-863]
is not recorded on the Essex Regiment Museum database. [Essex Regiment Museum].
the war his mother always laid a wreath at the War Memorial every Armistice
Day to his memory [Mary Coller].