Ernest Patterson Anthony

Canadian Expeditionary Force

Personal Details

Born: 10 October 1888 (although his military details all state 1889) in Dilwyn, Herefordshire and baptised on 28 April 1889 at Tilstock Parish Church, Tilstock, Shropshire.

Family: He was the eldest of four children born to James Anthony, a school master and his wife Harriet, nee Cresswell. He had eight half brothers and sisters. He married Eula Stuart between September 1919 and January 1920 and had two step children, Robert and Maxine Stuart.

Residence: In 1891 and until at least 1901 his family were living in the School House, Tilstock, Shropshire. He emigrated to the United States in 1908 and at the time of his enlistment in 1917 his address was given as 401 West Market Street, Christopher, Illinois. In 1920 and now married, his family were living in Tyrone Township, Franklin, Illinois. Ten years later they were lodging at 6048 Harpar Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. In 1940 their home was still in Chicago.The address given for him at the time of his death in 1980 was 62884, Sesser, Franklin, Illinois.

Employment: In 1917 his occupation was given as a sales clerk and cook, in 1920 a salesman in a clothing store and in 1930 an assistant manager in a restaurant. By 1940 he was a cook in a restaurant.

Died: 20 December 1980 in Franklin Hospital, Benton, Franklin, Illinois, aged 92.

Military Details

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force

Rank: Acting Corporal

Service Number: 3031139

Date of Enlistment: 18 November 1917

Date of Discharge: 17 September 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Other Information: His brother, Harold Mark, also served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WW1; another brother, Frederick Anderson Grant, also served as a Sergeant in the King`s Shropshire Light Infantry in WW1.

Medals and Awards

Ernest was awarded the British War Medal

British War Medal

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal is a campaign medal of the United Kingdom which was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces for service in the First World War. Two versions of the medal were produced. About 6.5 million were struck in silver and 110,000 in bronze, the latter awarded to, among others, the Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps.


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