Other names: Ernest Frederick
Locations in this story: Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, WalesShaftesbury, DorsetAldershot, SurreyEast Meon, Petersfield, HampshireHoylake, CheshireBirkenhead, Merseyside
Story: Ernest Frederick Romans was born in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, on 11 Feb 1892 and baptsied there on 5 May 1892 the son of Albert Charles Romans and Esther Romans (nee Rowlands). He lived his early life in Llanelly but had received some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1906. His family had moved to Aldershot, Surrey, where he obtained employment with the GPO as a Sorting Clerk and Telegraphist. He had originally enlisted with the Hampshire Yeomanry (Territorial Force) as a Private (Service No. 763). On embodiment he transferred to the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 152175). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Alice Sylvester at East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire, in 1919. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 23 Grafton Walk, Hoylake, Cheshire, described as a Civil Servant and Postmaster. His death was recorded in the Birkenhead, Merseyside, Registry in 1978.