241590 Private Ernest Baldwin.

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1/5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.

Awarded the M.M., in the London Gazette of 4 February 1918.

Baldwin was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 26 October 1918 reported, M.M. PRESENTED. Owing to the soldier having to return to active duty after leave on Wednesday evening, the Military Medal won by Lance-Corporal E. Baldwin, 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment, of 44, Grey Street, Burnley, was presented privately on Wednesday morning in the Mayor's Parlour. L/Cpl Baldwin joined up in June 1915, and went out to Egypt in 1916. In February of last year he was transferred to the Western front. While in Burnley he was employed as a Carter by Mr. Jonathan Woods, pork butcher. Ald. Sinclair, in presenting the medal, said he had great pleasure in pinning the medal on his breast. We in Burnley were always glad to hear of lads from this town doing well. He went on to say that he was glad our lads were keeping up the reputation of the East Lanc's. We had had a great number of medals in Burnley, and could not have to many such occasions as these. He is 21 years of age, single, and is on the Roll of Honour at the Gospel Hall.

The Burnley Express of 25 January 1919 reported:- KILLED A FORTNIGHT AFTER RECEIVING MEDAL. On October 24th last, Lance-Corporal E. Baldwin, 241560, of the 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment was presented with the Military Medal, which had been awarded to him for gallant conduct. He returned to France immediately afterwards, and we regret to announce that he was killed in action at Hautmont a fortnight later, viz., November 8th. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bolton Baldwin. Both reports have a photograph of Baldwin. The official notification for the medal reads:- "He volunteered to go out and raid an important post for certain information before handing over the trench to French soldiers. He had to go out on two consecutive nights before all the required information was gathered." "Soldiers Died in the Great War" shows:- Killed in action on the 8 November 1918. Born and enlisted at Burnley, Lancashire. L/Cpl at time of death.