Born on 10th December 1894, in Hertford, he was baptised in St Andrews Church on 20 Jan 1895. His parents were Alfred and Mary of 14 Port Vale, Hertford and he had four brothers and one sister. In 1901 they were living at 27b Cowbridge, Hertford, his father was employed as a gravel pit labourer. By 1911 they were living at 10 The Folly, Hertford and his father was now a general building labourer and his mother was a charwomen, whilst Ernest was an A.B. Seaman. He was married to Ethel who lived at 14 Davies Street, Hertford at the time of his death, whilst his father was then living at 14 Port Vale, Hertford.