Son of Joseph and Ann (nee Pring) FittT of Welwyn, Herts.
His parents married 26 December 1883 in Awliscombe, Devon. Joseph died 1939 in Ayot St Peter, Herts, aged 81, and was buried there 8 February; Ann died 16 April 1939 in Ayot St Peter aged 81, and was also buried there.
Ernest was born 2 February 1891 in Hertingfordbury, Herts, and baptised 2 August 1891 at St Mary’s, Hertingfordbury. He possibly attended Luppitt National School, Devon, from 3 March 1901 to 5 February 1904, and resided in Welwyn.
On the 1891 Census, aged 3 months he lived in Hertingfordbury, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1901 Census, aged 10 he lived in Reigate, Surrey, with his parents and seven siblings. On the 1911 Census, Ernest was living and working at Danesbury, Welwyn, Herts, and his occupation was given as domestic gardener. He later became a carnation grower employed by Mr C F Raphel of Porters Park, Shenley.
For several years he was a prominent football player for Welwyn Football Club.