He served as private from 28 Jan 1915 to 18 June 1916 and was promoted to corporal in France 19 June 1916. Ernest embarked on the HMAT Ulysses at Melbourne 8 May 1915. Went to Gallipoli 29 Aug 1915, disembarking from the Ascanius in Mudros 7 Jan 1916. Suffered from Parotitis - an inflammation of one or both parotid glands, the major salivary glands located on either side of the face 7 Jan 1916. He appears to have been transferred to a ferry port 3 Feb 1916, but is recorded as having Mumps from 4 Feb 1918 before rejoining his unit 8 Mar 1916. he proceeded to the BEF at Alexandria, Egypt 19 Mar 1916 disembarking in Marseilles on the 26th. From there he must have gone to France because he was promoted to corporal there on 19 July 1916 and was killed in action on the Somme..