Ernest Everett Price was born in the June quarter of 1899 in West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire (Volume: 8b, Page: 259). His parents were Thomas & Maria Price (nee Williams) who had married in St David’s Church, Liverpool on the 1st August 1889. The name Everett came from his Great Grandmother Jane Everett.
Ernest first appears on the 1901 census living at 90, Woodville Ter.Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire. Head of the household was father Thomas Price, 39 a Police Sergeant born in Whitford, Flintshire, his mother Maria, 36 had been born in Ysceifiog, Flintshire. Their children were Thomas Ed., 10, Robert Everett, 9, William Everett, 7, Sydney Everett, 4 and Ernest Everett, age 2, all born in Liverpool, Lancashire.
The 1911 census shows the family living at 54, Claremont Road, Liverpool which had 6 rooms. Thomas Price was now a Police Inspector of the Liverpool City Police. Maria, now 46 tells us that 6 children had been born and were all still living and she and Thomas had been married 21 years. Their eldest son Thomas Edward was 20, single and an Engineer (Apprentice Fitter) with the Mersey Dock & Harbour Board. William Everett, 17, single was a Student at Holt School. Sydney Everett, 14 and Ernest Everett, 12, were school-boys at Sefton Park School. Daughter, Evelyn Everett, 8 was a school-girl at Morrison’s C.C. School. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/localhistory/mersey_times/issue_04/1910/1910.shtml)
I cannot find the Attestation Papers for Ernest, but Ernest Everett Price in the U.K, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 confirms his regimental details above and tells us that he was born in Liverpool, his residence then was Holywell, Flintshire and he enlisted in Mold, Flintshire.
Ernest Everitt Price in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us his Sole Legatee was his father Thomas who received £6 3s 11d on the 27th January 1919 and his War Gratuity of £3 10s on the 16th December 1919.
Ernest E Price in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional information: Son of Thomas and Maria Price, of “Bryn Bella” Lloc, Holywell, Flintshire. 18 September 1918 .
Cause of death: “Killed in action” near the Bellenglise Canal, Aisne, (Picardy Region), Northern France.
At some point between 1916 and 1917 Ernest parents returned to live in Flintshire with Thomas’ family at Bryn Bella, Lloc.
Ernest’s Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Whitford F6) gives his address as Bryn Bella, Lloc 41258 L. North Lancs. Period of Service 15 months. Private. Killed 18th September 1918. Private. Card signed by Ellis DAVIES* 19th September 1919.
*I suspect that this was the Vicar of Whitford who distributed and collected the cards as his name is on almost all the 10 “Fallen” cards. Although as can be seen below also on the “Living” cards, but I must confess I haven’t been through all the “Living” cards to confirm.
I also suspect this is Ernest’s brother Thomas Edward’s card:- L50 PRICE, Thos. Edward, Gwibnant Cottages, Mostyn, Chester. 228497 R.F.A. Driver Class W Reserve R.F.A.. Period of Service 4th February 1916 to 14th December 1918. Nil Awards. Card signed by T.E. PRICE and Ellis DAVIES 17th September 1919
Many thanks to Phyllis Howe, Ernest’s niece, and her friend Helen Laird, who both live in Auckland, New Zealand. It was Helen who I contacted on Ancestry, she was helping Phyllis with her family tree, and it was their generosity and insight into Ernest’s family and the photographs of Ernest, which adds so much to his story.