Ernest was born in late 1879 at Hull, Yorkshire, to parents John and Frances.
Before entering the ministry, Ernest worked as an estate agent’s clerk (1901).
He married Emily Reed Spence (1872-1946) on 16 September 1908 at the Wesleyan Chapel, Eccles, Lancashire. Records identify two children.
- Margaret Frances Reed (1913-1950) – a nurse
- John Ernest (b1914) – a marine engineer (1938)
Ernest served as a WW1 Chaplain. Follow this link see his picture in uniform.
The family emigrated to New Zealand leaving on a ship bound for Wellington on 31 March 1925.
Ernest died on 4 June 1944 at Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand. He was buried at Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland.
- 1903 Pocklington
- 1904 Easingwold
- 1907 Castleford
- 1910 Glasgow
- 1913 Edinburgh
- 1915 Aldershot, CF
- 1922 Herts & Beds Mission
- 1925 ceased
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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