Ernest served in the 2nd Battalion. Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was killed in action on 5th March 1918.
His parents were John and Minnie and in 1901 and 1911 they can be found living at 9 Western Place, Clayton Heights. He was the second born of their four children having an older sister Edna, who in December 1912 was married at Holy Trinity Church, Queensbury and two younger sisters Alice and Lily. On the 1911 census Ernest is a wool packer and his sisters are also mill workers.
The battalion war diary shows that they were in the front-line trenches east of Ephey, France. Between the 2nd and 4th March they were suspecting an enemy attack and on alert although nothing came of this. The 5th does not list any casualties and only observes that the British Artillery were subjecting the enemy lines to harassing fire. In the early hours of the 6th a trench raid was carried out by the enemy and the rest of the day is described as all quiet, artillery continued harassing fire.
Ernest was a day-to-day casualty of the front line, killed going about his duty. The British were right in suspecting an attack as this was the lead up to the German spring offensive launched in the early hours of March 21st, further reading of the Dublin Fusiliers diary for March shows the continuation of trench raids carried out by both sides and an increase of artillery action.
Ernest who was aged 30 is buried at VILLERS-FAUCON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (III. F. 4).
His pension and effects went to his younger sister Alice who is recorded living at 11 Western Place.