Born: 13th March 1887 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised 28th September the same year at St Alkmund’s parish church.
Family: Third of six children born to John Thomas and Charlotte A. Ankers of 6 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1910 he married Jennie Prince in Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had one daughter Edith V.A. born in 1921.
Residence: At the time of the 1901 Census Ernest was an inmate of Whitchurch Union workhouse. His mother was living in Newtown, Whitchurch, Shropshire with just three of her children whilst his father served a prison sentence. In 1911, newly married, Ernest and Jennie were living at Wyche Mill cottages near Malpas, Cheshire. Army service records list his address as 34 Grindley Brook, Shropshire. By 1939 he was residing at 38 Bargates, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Employment: In 1911 Ernest was working as a waggoner at the mill. The 1939 register shows him as a general labourer and notes that he is a member of the ARP rescue squad.
Died: 1958 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Service Number: 25549
Date of Enlistment: Not known
Date of Discharge: 16th Oct 1919
Reason for Discharge: Not known
Other Information: Wounded September 20th 1917 and entitled to wear a ‘Wound Stripe’. Also suffered from malaria and was admitted to 28th General Hospital in August 1918.
He was one of five brothers who enlisted in the Army during WW1. Thomas Ankers died and is commemorated on Whitchurch War Memorial while the other four survived.