Other names: Ernest Edward
Locations in this story: White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetBalkansMelksham, WiltshireWincanton, Somerset
Story: Ernest Edward Lucas was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 17th September 1898 and baptised there on 20th Nov 1898. He was the son of Alfred Charles Lucas and Annie Mary Lucas (née Henstridge). He lived all his early life in and around Melbury Abbas. He enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 14487) and served with the 5th Battalion in the Balkans. He later transferred to the Essex Regiment (Service No. 59134). On his discharge on 8th August 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Mildred Rose Barnes in Melksham, Wiltshire, in 1920. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 4 Penn View, Wincanton, Somerset, and was working as a Builders General Labourer. His wife, Mildred, died in 1962 and he remarried, to Gladys M. Sims in Wincanton, Somerset, in 1963. Ernest died in Wincanton in 1970.