Ernest was born in Cannock on 26 November 1891, the son of John and Alice Kate Banks. In 1901, they were living at 218 Stockwell End, Tettenhall, together with Ernest’s siblings John Walter, Edith E., Alice, Dorothea Kate, and Constance Nellie. They were at 50 Showell Road, Bushbury, Wolverhampton, by 1911, with an additional sister, Violet Rose. Ernest was a clerk for a motor manufacturer.
Ernest served during the First World War, as his name is listed on the Bushbury roll of honour, and he survived. However, I have been unable to confirm details of his service.
In 1928, he married Evelyn K. Page, and they had a son, John, in 1932. They were living at 146 Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton, in 1939, and Ernest was working as a clerk for the civil service. Ernest died in Wellington, Shropshire, in 1974.