Other names: Ernest Alphaeus
Locations in this story: Berwick St. John, WiltshireLonghope, GloucestershireEdmonton, MiddlesexToronto, CanadaWhitley Camp, Godalming, SurreyShorncliffe, KentWood Green, Middlesex
Story: Ernest Alphaeus Large was born in Berwick St. John, Wiltshire, the son of Arthur Robert Large, the local Schoolmaster, and Emily Large (nee Jobbins). He lived his very early life at Curfew Cottage, Berwick St. John, until, by 1891, the family had moved to Longhope, Gloucestershire, and then, by 1901, to Wood Green, Middlesex. Ernest married Miriam Harlick in Edmonton, Middlesex, during 1909. He emigrated to Canada and settled down in Toronto, Ontario, working as a Grocery Clerk during 1912. He had enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 30 Apr 1916 and joined the 208th Battalion (Service No. 249501) rising to the rank of Acting Sergeant. He was sent to the UK and worked at the Canadian Base Camp at Whitley Camp, Godalming, Surrey, in the Orderly Room. Whilst serving he contracted diptheria and was hospitalized at Shorncliffe Military Hospital, Kent, from 21 Dec 1918 to 5 Apr 1919. He was eventually returned to Canada and discharged on 18 Aug 1919. He immediately re-enlisted and served with the 110th Regiment until he was finally discharged on 30 Jun 1920 due to defective vision. There is no medal record but he would have qualified for the Victory and British War Medals. By 1921 he was living at 355 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto, Canada, working as a Grocery Salesman. His death was recorded in Toronto on 6 Aug 1958.