Other names: Ernest
Locations in this story: Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetPortsmouth, HampshireWarminster, Wiltshire
Story: Ernest Stainer was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 21 Aug 1887, the son of Gideon Stainer and Emily Stainer (née Sims). He lived his early life at the family home in Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury. It is known he enlisted with the 1st/9th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 355691). His name appears on the Absent Voters list for Bozley Hill, Cann in 1918. It is not known which theatre of war he served in but on discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 30 Oriel Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, working as a Baker's Roundsman. (The record indicates he was married but no wife appears listed. It is possible he married Ethel Gertrude Dotterill in Portsmouth, Hampshire, during 1915 but this is not confirmed.) He died in Warminster, Wiltshire, on 2 Feb 1974 where he had been living at 35 Portway, Warminster. His brothers, Austin Frederick Stainer, Francis Hubert Stainer, William Edgar Stainer and Harry Gilbert Stainer, also served during the conflict.