Enlisted in Wembley and served in the 13th Battalion of the Green Howards were raised in July 1915 as a ‘Bantam Battalion’ taking men who would not normally have been accepted into the Army for not meeting the required height and chest measurement. They trained at Aldershot and were sent to France, landing at Le Havre on 16th June 1916. Shortly after they saw action during the Somme campaign at the battle for Ancre. During 1917 the fought in the German retreat to the Hindenburg line and at Cambrai. On March 21st 1918 they were heavily involved in the German Spring offensive when the area they were occupying near St Quentin was attacked and the whole of the British Third Army was virtually forced to retreat, on the following day Ernest was killed in action near St Quentin but his body never recovered.