Ernest John Mummery

Ernest John Mummery  1894 – 1980

Ernest was born on 25th November 1894 in Shepherdswell, to John and Elizabeth (née Ash), one of seven children. 

In the 1911 Census, Ernest was working as a house boy, while his father was employed as a plate-layer. 

Little is known of his younger years but the family resided at Southern Side, Church Hill throughout the War.

Ernest enlisted as a private in the 1st Battalion, (The Buffs) East Kent Regiment. On 26th February 1915, the Dover Express reported that he was in the trenches in France but by 21st May 1915, Ernest, then with the 3rd Foot, 2nd Battalion, (The Buffs), was a Prisoner of War. 

In 1917, he was in the prison camp at Celle, Germany. His brother, William, died in action in France.

Following the War, at the age of 34, he married Evelyn Dorothy Fagg in 1928 in Dover, with his occupation given as a plate-layer, like his father. By the time of the 1939 Register they were living at 4 Admiralty Cottages, Queen Street, Sittingbourne, with Ernest working as a lengthsman for the railway. 

He died in 1980, aged 85, in the Swale district.