Ernest enlisted in Hitchin on Valentine’s Day 1917. He was first in the Essex Regiment with the number 23506 then he was transferred into 48th Bn. Machine Gun Corps and attached to the 48th. South Midland Division with number 114728.
We know from his medals card that he went over to the battlefields after training as his family received the War and Victory medals.
His service records have not survived so it is impossible to tell exactly where and when he was in battle but certainly his division was involved in the Battles of Ypres during the period August to October 1917. On November 10th orders were received for the division to move to Italy.
His division was involved during March and April 1918 in holding the line in the Martello Sector if Italy then were very involved in the Battle of the Piave (15th and 16th June) .
The Royston Crow newspaper reported that Ernest was severely wounded on June 16th. His leg was amputated at the base hospital on the 25th. Despite this he wrote a cheerful letter home, but his condition deteriorated and he died on the 12th July.
The Matron wrote to his mother: "his birthday (29 June) had not been forgotten as the nurses put some trifles - chocolate, writing paper and eau de cologne into a bag for him".
Ernest is buried in Mazargues War Cemetery in Marseilles, France, Plot 3.A. 45.