65 Overcliffe Road, Lewisham
He was 23 in 1916, single he worked as a shipping clerk and was a member of the Church of England.
Conscientious Objection during the First World War:
Ernest was granted Exemption from Combatant Service by the Lewisham Military Service Tribunal and was conscripted into the Non-combatant corps at Camberwell on 19 April, 1916. He served with the 2 Eastern and 1 Northern at home from then until 28 May, 1916.
He was sent to serve in France on 29 May, 1916 and served there until 8 September, 1917. He was court martialled in the field at Rouen on 17 August, 1917 for disobeying orders and was sentenced to one year with hard labour commuted to 4 months to be served at Wormwood Scrubs prison. While there he was held to be a genuine conscientious objector, but he refused to accept the terms of the Home Office Scheme. He was returned to his NCC unit on 8 March, 1918 to be transferred to the 11 Eastern company and served at home until he was demobbed on 5 December 1919.
After the First World War:
He married in 1918
Cyril Pearce, University of Leeds, Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors
British Army Number 587
Ann O'Brien, Volunteer Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre, 24 January 2017
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