Other names: Ernest John
Locations in this story: Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireFrance & FlandersSherborne, DorsetMere, Wiltshire
Story: Ernest John Biddiscombe was born on 3 Aug 1879 in Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, the son of Henry Biddiscombe and Emma Biddiscombe (nee Smart). He lived his whole life in and around Ludwell. He married Rose Park in Sherborne, Dorset, on 20 Jun 1906 and they went on to have three children. He enlisted on 7 Dec 1915 and was issued with a Reservist's Khaki Armband No. 57825 to wear until mobilized on 17 Aug 1916 when he joined the Royal Engineers (Service No. 185119). On 1 Jan 1917 he was transferred to the 445th (Welsh) Company, Railway Operating Division, and was posted to France on 23 Mar 1917. (New Service No. 448719). He then transferred again to the R.E. (ROD) with a new Service No. WR/282836 on 9 Sep 1917. He was discharged on 13 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His address throughout was consistently shown as Hope Cottage, Salisbury Road, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, and was so registered in 1939 where he was described as a Builder. He death was registered at the Mere, Wiltshire, Registry on 16 May 1959.