1891 Census recorded Ernest, aged 4, living in Acton, West London with his parents. In 1901 he was living at Dewshaws Farm Burnham, Buckinghamshire with family working on a farm.
In September 1910 he married Edith Frances Warns in Pant Du near Llangollen, North Wales.
1911 Census. He and Edith were living at 3 Brickkiln Cottages, Aldbury and he was working as a Gamekeeper.
He was working at Pendley Manor, Aldbury at the time of his enlistment.