Ernest was born in 1925 and at the age of eighteen he volunteered for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers of the 51st Highland Division.
His brothers were in the Royal Navy and his mother would not sign his papers to get in, as he was too young, so he joined the army instead.
Ernest landed on Gold Beach, near Arromanches, on D-Day+19. He then marched to join up with the battle for Bayeux. He progressed into Belgium, Holland and then finally into Germany.
Ernest was demobbed in 1947, and three months later he met his future wife and had three children. He started work as a painter and decorator and continued until he retired.
Print taken from the book ‘A TIME TO FIGHT Living and Remembering WWII’