Other names: Ernest James
Locations in this story: Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireGillingham, DorsetBlackford, North Cadbury, SomersetFrance & FlandersThiepval Memorial, FranceSt. Michael's Church, Blackford, SomersetCastle Cary, Somerset
Story: Ernest James Mullins was born, along with his twin sister, Bessie Ada, in 1883 in Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire. He was the son of Adam Mullins, a market gardener, and Sarah Priscilla Mullins (nee Galpin), a dressmaker. On 13th October, 1904 Ernest married Ethel Bessie Miles in Gillingham, Dorset. There was one son of the marriage. At the time of the 1911 Census they were living in Blackford, North Cadbury, Somerset where Ernest was working as a farm labourer. He enlisted in Castle Cary, Somerset, as a Private in the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 22569). He later transferred to the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 19046) and served in France & Flanders. He was killed in action on the Somme on 11th January 1917 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France. He is remembered on the War Memorial and Roll of Honour in St. Michael's Church, Blackford, Somerset.