Ernest was the son of Enoch and Alice Illingworth, of 29 Mountain Place, Queensbury.
In 1911 he lived with his parents and younger sister Annie. Aged Ernest was working as a coal miner. Ernest had two brothers George (older) & Edgar (younger) and three older sisters (Sarah, Mary & Susan) who were not living at home at the time of census.
Ernest’s sister Susan is not on the family census returns for 1901 or 1911 and was only identified by his service records, it is believed that in 1901 Susan was living with James and Susy Berry with the relation to head as adopted daughter. She was married in 1912 and emigrated to Canada. His younger brother Edgar (age 14) was in 1911 living in Leeds as a boarder.
Ernest attested on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 12th February 1916. He served in the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment and disembarked at Boulogne on 11th July 1916, he was at the base depot at Etaples before joining the 5th Entrenching Battalion and then the 1st/4th Battalion on 15th August 1916.
He was recorded missing on 3rd September 1916 and then on 4th September recorded as admitted to 2nd West Riding Field Hospital with a Gunshot/Shrapnel wound (Buttock). It is not known when he was transferred but, on the 8th September, he was at 18 General Hospital, Camiere, where at 15:15hrs he died of wounds, which were GSW buttock/gas gangrene.
Ernest is buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY (X. C. 12A). The inscription on his grave reads: “Sadly, Missed from Mother and Family”.