Born: 6 March 1893 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 29 March at St Alkmund’s Parish Church.
Family: Son of James and Sarah Roberts and grandson of John and Martha Prodger. In 1926 he married Lucy Purcell in Whitchurch and together they had four children, Bernard, Nancy M, John and John W. Our research suggests that John was born and died in 1933.
Residence: Ernest and his parents were living at the ‘Rising Sun’ in Whitchurch at the time of his baptism in 1893 where his father was the innkeeper. In both the 1901 census and 1911 census Ernest was found to be living with his grandparents at Blakemere Cottage, Whitchurch. However in the earlier census he had the name Prodger and was described as their son, presumably a mistake. At the time of the 1939 register Ernest, Lucy and the children were residing at 7 George Street in Whitchurch. This was still his address in 1971, the year of his death.
Employment: At the time of the 1911 Census Ernest was working as an agricultural labourer. This was still his occupation in 1939.
Died: In the Royal Salop Infirmary, Shrewsbury during the second quarter of 1971, aged 78. Ernest was buried in Whitchurch cemetery on 12 June that year, in the same plot as his wife Lucy who had passed away 14 months previously.
Date of Enlistment: Circa December 1915
Other Information: Included in Whitchurch Herald ‘Roll of Honour’ – first mentioned on 18 Dec 1915. This would indicate that he joined up just prior to this date.
Further military details not known.