Ernest Sharpe signature

On this day in 1916, Ernest Sharpe enlisted in Deseronto. He was born on August 14th, 1886, the son of Philip Sharpe and Sarah (née Smith) in Sidney Township, Hastings County. By 1891 the family were living in Deseronto. Ernest married Martha Ann (Annie) Skippen in Massey, Ontario, on October 25th, 1910, when he was working as a drayman (Annie’s younger sister Edith got married on the same day). Ernest’s younger brothers Alfred Nelson and Harry had already enlisted.

Ernest joined the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636396. He was five feet six and a quarter inches tall, with a dark complexion, blue eyes and black hair. He was later transferred to the 21st Battalion.