The cousin of Edward and Alexander Walker, Ernest was born at Sheffield in 1894, the son of Edwin and Kate Walker (nee Fearnley). His father was from Amcotts and had moved to Sheffield around 1890 where he was a butcher in Brightside and the publican of the Red Lion at Dronfield.
His mother appears to have died in the late 1890’s and following his father’s death in 1902 Ernest most likely came to live with his relatives in North Lincolnshire. In 1911 he was an assistant for Fred Broadbent at his grocery shop in the High Street, Luddington.
Like his cousins Ernest enlisted in 21st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps in November or early December 1915, probably in response to the letter for more recruits placed by their commanding officer, the Earl of Feversham in the Epworth Bells. His service number is in the sequence close to Edward’s so perhaps they enlisted on the same day?
Ernest would also have served with the other Lincolnshire recruits in D Company of the Yeoman Rifles and would have undergone the same training at the Earl of Feversham’s ancestral home, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, before leaving for France on 5th May 1916.
According to the inscription on the memorial Ernest survived the war but was injured at some point in it. On 10th April 1927 Ernest Walker died as a consequence of those injuries with his death being recorded at Brigg.