Ernest Austin AINSCOW
Year of Birth: 1897
Place of Birth: Manchester, Lancashire, England
Date of Enlistment: 3 June 1916
Date and Place of Embarkation: 17 November 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Ship: HMAT Kyarra A55
Unit(s): 31st Infantry Battalion
Regimental Number: 4248
Died: 12 August 1917
Ernest Ainscow was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England the son of Richard Ainscow and Eliza Ann Jackson. Richard and Eliza Ann married 5 July 1896 in Ardwick, Lancashire, England. Ernest was their first child, followed by Lucretia (b 20 April 1898 Moorside, Manchester, England), Lois May (1905 Lancashire, England) and Gilbert Kay (c1911 Queensland-1942). The Ainscow family arrived in Australia in 1908 on the “Ortona”.
Ernest enlisted 3rd June 1916 aged 18 years and 5 months. His occupation is given as a mechanics assistant. He named his next-of-kin as his mother, Eliza Ann Ainscow c/o Richard Ainscow “Woodford”, Edmonton via Cairns North Queensland. Ernest was 5 foot 9 inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.
He sailed from Brisbane aboard the “Kyarra” 3 June 1916 arriving in Plymouth, England on 1 January 1917. Five months later he sailed for France, via Southampton, arriving in Havre 19 June 1917. He had qualified as a signaller. It was only two months later he was wounded in Belgium on 12 August 1917 receiving multiple wounds to his legs and arms. Ernest died of his wounds on the same day, 12th August 1917. He is buried Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais, France.
Deborah Gower, who is a cousin of Ernest, discovered a treasure trove of Ernest’s war time memorabilia. Included are a number of letters, 17 of which were written to his sister Lucretia, and photographs, cards and a number of other wonderful items. This treasure trove gives an insight into Ernest character and ensures his sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Deborah Gowan Collection
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