Ernest Hiscock

What we have, at Market Lavington Museum, concerning Ernest Hiscock, are his army discharge papers.

Army discharge papers for Ernest Edward Hiscock of Market Lavington

Ernest was born in 1866 to Edward Hiscock, an engineer and his wife Sarah. Ernest was quite a lot younger than the three elder brothers who lived with him and his parents on High Street, Market Lavington, at the time of the 1871 census.

By 1881, Edward had died and our Ernest was living with his mother, still on High Street. Ernest was an apprentice agricultural engineer.

We know that young Ernest – perhaps a little unsure as to his precise age, attested for the army at Devizes on 25th February 1890. We lose track of Ernest then. No doubt he was abroad – almost certainly in South Africa at the time of the 1901 census, for he was entitled to a South Africa medal.

Writing is hard to read on the document, but it looks as though he completed his term in the army on 21st August 1908.

In 1911 Ernest was living alone on High Street, Market Lavington.

Ernest died in 1936 and is buried at St Mary’s, Market Lavington.

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