Ernest lived in Leeds. He entered the war in France on the 5th November 1914. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in charge of a relay post for three days. He worked without ceasing, collecting and evacuating wounded under heavy shell fire and so saved the lives of many men." Ernest served after the war under the service number 7245776. He received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1927.