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Eric George Palmer

Biography of 2 Lieutenant Eric George Palmer,
Northamptonshire Regiment 3rd Bn.
attd. 2nd Bn.
Died 4th March 1917

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Eric George Palmer

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jan – Mar 1896

Place of Birth Registration:
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England



Eric has not been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Charles Simpson Reginald Palmer

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Kensington, London, England

Father’s Occupation:

Mother’s Name:
Mary Matilda Joll

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Greetham, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
30 March 1882 Little Carlton

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Reginald Palmer, 1883, Martin Dales
Eric George Palmer, 1896, Higham Ferrers
Plus 1 more which name are unknown taken from the 1911 census

1901 Census:
Eric is living with his family in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire

1911 Census:
Eric is living with the Lenton family in Moordown, Bournemouth. The census gives him an age of 15 and he is listed being at school

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions

Northampton Mercury Friday 16 March 1917
Wednesday’s official list of casualties.
PALMER LIEUT. ERIC G., Northampton Regiment. younger son of Mr and Mrs C.S.R. Palmer, The Poplars, Wellingborough, is officially notified as having been killed in action in France on Sunday last.
The sad news of Lieut. Palmer’s death has caused much regret in Wellingborough where he was well known and was very popular. The deepest sympathy is extended to his father, who is vice-chairman of Wellingborough Board of Guardians and prominently associated with the Wesleyan Church, and also to Mrs Palmer. Twenty-one years of age, Lieut Palmer was originally intended office of Messrs. Morgan and George, Solicitors, Wellingborough and Northampton, when the call came.

Northampton Mercury Friday 23 March 1917
At the Wesleyan Church on Sunday evening at a service conducted by the Rev. J. Penrose Hodgson, special references were made to those connected with this church who have recently fallen in the war. The rev. gentleman particularly mentioned the losses of Lieut. Eric Palmer and Privates A Mayhew and Dover, all of whom were associated wit the church.

Northampton Mercury Friday 30 March 1917
The Board unanimously voted that an expression of sympathy should be sent to Mr and Mrs C.S.R. Palmer, whose son Lieut Eric Palmer has been killed in action.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Eric George Palmer, 3rd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment attd 2nd bn N’Hants was killed in action on 4th March 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders..

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
Eric’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal

UK:Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Lieutenant E G Palmer, 3rd Battalion. attd. 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment who died on 4 March 1917 Age 21
Son of Reginald and M A Palmer, of The Haven, Bourne, Lincs
Remembered with honour, Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.