Ernest Belton was baptised on 27 September 1891 at St. Mary’s Church, Fetcham. His parents were Jane (nee Sayers) and George Belton, who was a labourer and carpenter. The family lived in River Lane, off Cobham Road, Fetcham. His siblings include George baptised in September 1881, Edith in December 1882, Sarah in May 1884 and Charles baptised in April 1889.
Ernest joined the Royal Field Artillery with the rank of Acting Bombardier. He was 25 years old when he was killed in action on 26 September 1916.
Leatherhead Advertiser 28 October 1916
War Diary Royal Field Artillery for 29 September – the date on which Ernest died.
He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
His brother Charles, serving with the Canadian Infantry, died on 13 June 1916 aged 27 and is remembered at the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium.