Ernest William Rossiter

Service:                Royal Marines

Rank:                   Corporal

Service No:           RMA/5779

Unit:                     Royal Marine Artillery

  Ernest was born in St George, Bristol on 12th July 1876, his parents were William & Jane Rossiter, his father was a shoemaker.  A 4 year old in 1881 he was living with his parents & 4 siblings at 30 Brixton Road St. George, Bristol. The 1891 census details the family now resident at Crews Hole Road, Ernest now an apprentice. On 10th January 1896 he had enlisted into the Royal Marine Artillery and we find Ernest on board HMS Howe that was moored in Portland Harbour on Census night. 

In 1907 Ernest was awarded the Navy Good Shot Medal.Having completed 12 years’ service on 9th January 1908 Ernest is discharged with VG conduct record.  The 1911 census shows Earnest now employed as a barman and resident at the Bunch of Grapes, Denmark Street Bristol.

On 2nd August 1914 Ernest is remobilised and serves once again in the RMA until 8th Dec 1915 when he leaves RN Hospital Haslar as an invalid.  In October 1916 he applies for the war service badge.

Ernest Rossiter died at Wellington Shropshire on 7th November 1918, his widow  Mary Jane Rossiter of 33 Trench Road Wellington, Shropshire.

Ernest is buried and remembered with honour in the Hadley General Cemeterey grave reference 712.

For his war service Earnest would have been awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal to join his Good Shooting Medal.

References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1881,1891,1901 & 1911 UK census

The Long, Long Trail

Wikipedia