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Stapleford
Ernest Augustus Mettam was born in 1887 in Stapleford and was the son of Seth Mettam a Midland Railway engine driver and Elizabeth Mettam née Wallis of Lime Grove Stapleford Nottinghamshire. His father Seth was born in 1861 in Whittington, Derbyshire , his mother Elizabeth Caroline Wallis was born in 1865 in Stapleford, they were married in 1886 , their marriage was registered in the Shardlow Registration area. They went on to have 10 children , sadly one died in infancy prior to 1911, their surviving children were all born in Stapleford and were : Ernest b1887 , Rose b 1889, Irene b1891, Wallis b1893, Frank b1895, George b1897, Alice b1901, Seth b1903 and Beatrice b1906. In the 1911 censnsu the family are living at Lime Grove Stapleford and are shown as Seth 51 yrs a midland Railway engine driver, he is living with his wife Elizabeth 46 yrs and their children Irene 20 yrs a lace net mender, Wallis 18 yrs a colliery ganger, Frank 16 yrs a colliery ganger, George 14 yrs a nut and bolt maker, Alice 10 yrs a scholar, Seth 8 yrs a scholar and Beatrice 5 yrs a scholar. In the same 1911 Census we find that Ernest is shown as a visitor at 29 Stansfield Street, Old Basford , he is shown as being 24 yrs and a professional football player, playing for Gainsborough Trinity football club, he is staying with George James 33 yrs a coal miner and his family at the address . Ernest married his wife Charlotte Jude in Nottingham in 1913 and went on to have a daughter Nora Mettam in 1914 , the birth being recorded in the Shardlow Registration District she however sadly died in 1915.
Professional Football player playing for Gainsborough Trinity Football Club.e
08 Aug 1918
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Sergeant
  • MM MM Military Medal
Tank Corps
Sergeant Ernest Austustus Mettam M.M originally served with the service number 18176 with the Cyclist Corps , North Midland Division before transferring to the 13th battalion,Tank Corps, he won awarded his military medal for action on 4th July 1918 at Hamel. He was killed in action 8th August 1918 he is buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.
The award of his Military Medal was announced in the London Gazette on 21st October 1918 :- “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst acting as N.C.O. of a tank near Hamel on July 4th, 1918. “Throughout the action he observed and controlled the fire with great skill so that the tank gunners succeeded in knocking out several enemy machine-gun posts, and in consequence saved the infantry many casualties. Two of the machine-guns knocked out by this tank were subsequently brought back. His coolness and courage under trying circumstances had a great influence on the crew.” In memoriam published 8th August 1921 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “METTAM. – In loving memory of Sergt. Ernest Mettam, M.M., fell in action August 8th, 1918. Never forgotten. – Wife Lottie, Mr. Mrs. Jude and family. “METTAM. – In loving memory of Sergt. Ernest Mettam, killed in action August 8th, 1918. Always in out thoughts. – Mother, father, brothers, sisters.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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