Ernest lied about his age in order to sign up to the Suffolk Yeomanry
Ernest was a year younger than was permitted – a scenario which was actually quite common amongst men who were keen to fight for their country.
He fought in the First World War and travelled to France and Egypt whilst part of the Yeomanry.
Unlike so many of his comrades, he survived the First World War and went on to live until he was 94 years old.
Due to his work with the Yeomanry, he married after an 11 year courtship to Susan Jane Moden of Ely.