17th Battalion Essex Regiment

Ephraim Groom was born in Hapton on 25 December 1896.  He enlisted on 11 December 1915 into the 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment then transferred to 17th Battalion Essex Regiment.  He was wounded on 12 September 1916 and discharged from the Army on 29 April 1919.  He married Sarah Jane Martin on 17 December 1917.  In the 1939 register he was listed as a Horseman (Farm) living on Station Road in Pulham St Mary.  He then lived in Mendham Close, Harleston and died on 12 October 1973.

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