Ernest, known as Leonard, was born in Wolverhampton in 1898, the son of Percy James and Emily King. In 1901, they were living at 95 All Saints Road, Wolverhampton, along with Leonard’s siblings Elizabeth, Albert, Ethel and Harrold. By 1911, the family were at 361 Dudley Road, and Leonard had an additional sister, Dorothy.
Leonard enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 16291), first serving in France from 16 March 1915. He died on wounds on 15 August 1915 in “No 6 Ambulance”. This was announced in the Midland Counties Express on 4 September 1915, by which date his parents were living at 20A Dudley Street. He is remembered at the Bethune Town Cemetery in France.