Ernest Shilvock was the son of Harry and Elizabeth Shilvock of 28 Quarry Lane, Hasbury, and attended Hasbury C of E School. He volunteered for the Worcester Territorials, probably before the outbreak of war, and served in the 1/7th Battalion. They saw action in 1915 and were engaged in much of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. In the Spring of 1917 they followed up the retreat of the German army towards the Hindenburg Line and on the 5th April helped the 1/8th in their remarkable capture of the 'Mound' at Templeux-Guerard. On the 13th in another success they attacked in the snow at 2 a.m. and captured the important ridge at Gouzeaucourt. There were 6 men killed and among them was Lance Corporal Ernest Shilvock. He was 26 years of age and is commemorated on the Thiepval, Halesowen and Hasbury school Memorials.
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