Other names: Ernest
Locations in this story: Hinton St. Mary, DorsetFontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetLindfield, Alton, Hampshire
Story: Ernest Crocker was born in Hinton St. Mary, Dorset, on 23 May 1893 the son of Sidney T. Crocker and Annie Crocker (nee Fry). He lived his early life in Parish Road, Hinton. St. Mary, until, by 1911, the family had moved to Blackmore Common, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Ernest had enlisted and served with the (Royal) Army Service Corps (Service No. M2/080100). He rose to the rank of Warrant Officer (Class 1) and was with the 20th Auxiliary Petrol Company. It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 'Imadene', Lindfield, Alton, Hampshire, working as a Chauffeur (possibly at the Bordon, Hampshire, Military Camp). He was described as married although no obvious marriage record can be found.