Tragic First World War tale of two brothers killed on the same day

Ernest Murton, left, and his younger brother Bertie, who both died on the same day in World War One

Ernest Murton, left, and his younger brother Bertie, who both died on the same day in World War One in 1915, when they were in the Norfolk Regiment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Two brothers who were killed on the same day in the First World War are among the fallen soldiers whose sacrifices are being preserved in an online roll of honour.

Irene Cutting, aged 101, and her son Graham, with a photograph of Irene's father Ernest Murton, and

Irene Cutting, aged 101, and her son Graham, with a photograph of Irene's father Ernest Murton, and his younger brother Bertie, who both died on the same day in World War One in 1915, when they were in the Norfolk Regiment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Ernest and Bertie Murton were both fighting with the Norfolk Regiment at the Battle of Loos when they died on October 13, 1915.

Ernest was a Lance Corporal and was just 28 when he died, leaving behind his wife Alice and their two-year-old daughter Irene, who lived at Lawson Road in Norwich at the time.

His brother, Bertie, a private, was 21 when he was killed and his home address was Turner's Court, St Benedict's, Norwich.

Hellesdon man Graham Cutting decided to upload photographs and information about his grandfather Ernest and great uncle Bertie to the Eastern Daily Press' online roll of honour, which lists the 25,000 brave Norfolk and Suffolk men who lost their lives in the First World War.


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Mr Cutting, 68, from St Andrew's Road, said: 'I just thought I would put it all on there, after my wife saw it in the paper. They died on the same day and neither of them were ever found.

'Whether they were together or not when they died I don't know.

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'My mother was two at the time of her father's death and she's now 101. She didn't really know him, and what she did know about him she heard from her mother. I think that they should be remembered, it was a big sacrifice.'

Ernest worked for Eastern Counties Newspapers, the company which published the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News before it became known as Archant and he is listed on the company's memorial at its headquarters at Prospect House in Rouen Road, Norwich.

Mr Cutting said he believed Ernest worked in the print side of the business, possibly as a type-setter.

He said another brother, Sidney, survived the war, while another brother was too young to be involved.

Do you have a story relating to the First World War? Email ww1@archant.co.uk

The memorial websites can be found at www.edp24.co.uk/first-world-war-memorial

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