Other names: Ernest Frank
Locations in this story: Motcombe, DorsetIrelandSelwood, Mere, WitshireWincanton, SomersetGillingham, Dorset
Story: Ernest Frank Young was born at Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10 Sep 1896 and baptised there on 18 Oct 1896 the son of James Young and Emma Jane Young. James Young was a farmer at Forest Farm, Motcombe. Ernest enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 but was not embodied until 16 May 1918. This delay was possibly due to the fact that his father had died in 1910 and he was needed on the farm. Eventually he was called up to join the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 50565). He joined the 3rd Battalion and served only in either Ireland or the UK. He was transferred to the Labour Corps on 14 Oct 1918 (Service No. 663120). He was demobilized on 20 Feb 1919. There is no medal record although one of his Service Record forms has a rubber stamp 'Medal' but nothing else. He married Ida Ruth Rose on 22 Jun 1920 in Gillingham, Dorset. They went on to have three children. By the time of the 1939 Register he is shown living at Penridge Farm, Selwood, Mere, Wiltshire, and was described as a Farmer. His death is recorded at the Wincanton, Somerset, District Registry in 1969.