Born in 1884, in Bengeo, Hertford to parents George and Harriet. Baptised on the 24th October 1884, in Bengeo, Herts. He attended Bengeo Christ Church National School. He had one sister Annie and two brothers Frederick and Frank. The 1891 census shows Ernest aged 6 years living with his Parents, 2 Brothers and Sister in Wellington Street, Bengeo, Hertford, Herts. In 1901 aged 16 years living with his parents, 2 Brothers and Sister at 28 Wellington Street, Hertford, Herts. His occupation is a Carpenter, his father was employed as an engine driver whilst Ernest was a carpenter. He married Adelaide Beatrice West on 30th May 1906 in Camden Town and the 1911 census records them living at 95 Wellington Street, Hertford with two daughters Rose Harriet and Amy Kathleen. Ernest was the recorded as a carpenter & joiner.