Ernest Willmore was born in Berkhamsted on 28th February 1894. He was the eldest of two sons born to George and Leah Maria Willmore. The family lived at 4 Ravens Lane.
Ernest’s father was employed as a brewer’s assistant and later as a general labourer. The family later moved to Cross Oak Road. Ernest was an excellent student, being educated at Berkhamsted School, and in March 1912 he won an Open Scholarship in Natural Science at Oxford University. Like so many others his education was cut short by the onset of war. He did his initial cadet training with the Officers Training Corps and on 10th April 1915 he was placed on probation as Second Lieutenant with the Royal Garrison Artillery. On 13th November 1915 he married Jesse A Cousins in Berkhamsted.
On 4th June 1917, Ernest was awarded the Military Cross. On 15th July 1917 he was severely wounded in the head whilst lifting one of his men on to an ambulance. He returned to England but was partially paralysed. He was issued with a Silver Badge to wear as evidence of war service in May 1918. By this stage he had reached the rank of Lieutenant and was living at 12 Montague Road. Ernest and Jesse had a daughter, Jean, in early 1919.
Lieutenant Ernest Willmore died in hospital in Tooting, London on 31st July 1920 following an operation on his brain. He was 26 years old.