Ernest S Emmitt

Awarded the Military Cross

Little is yet known about Ernest Emmitt’s experiences as a WW1 Chaplain.

He first entered the Primitive Methodist ministry in 1903, and in 1925 is recorded as ‘ceased’.

Circuits in which he served

1903  Pocklington
1904  Easingwold
1907  Castleford
1910  Glasgow
1913  Edinburgh
1915  Aldershot, CF
1922  Herts & Beds Mission

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  • Ernest was presented with Military Cross at Buckingham Palace for his actions under fire as a padre. We do not know where the action was though it seems reasonable to presume it was somewhere on the Western Front as that is where his brother Fred was killed in action.

    The entry in Supplement to The London Gazette published 16 September 1918  – Rev Ernest Emmitt, A.Chapl. Dept.

    For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rendered valuable help to the medical officers. He showed great devotion to duty in dressing wounded under heavy shell fire, and his gallantry and cheerfulness set a fine example.

    I have his medal and his field communion set in New Zealand.

    On the 31 March 1925 the family boarded the Hobson Bay bound for Wellington, New Zealand. My father, John Ernest Emmitt was 12 years of age.

    Ernest served the Methodist Conference in a number of pastoral appointments including Wellington, Hawera, Takapuna and Kingsland. He was padre to Toc H towards the end of his career.



    By Robert Emmitt (11/09/2016)
  • In 1925 he left the UK for New Zealand where he served as a Primitive Methodist minister until he retired. He died in 1944. (Information supplied by his grandson Robert Emmitt).

    By Jill Barber (08/09/2016)

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