Ernest Andrews was born on 29th December 1886 in Fulham.
In 1904 on his eighteenth birthday he joined the Royal Navy and by July 1922 he had become a Chief Petty Officer.
In the spring of 1916 Ernest married Grace Lilian Edith Priest
who had lived with her parents, John & Jane Priest in Whistley Green at the turn of the century.
Ernest Andrews was killed
in the rail crash
at Norton Fitzwarren in Somerset, along with 12 other naval personnel and 14 civilians.
74 others were injured, with 56 of these requiring hospital treatment.
According to the
the accident was caused by driver error and inadequate signalling arrangements.
The servicemen who died in the crash were:
HMS Defiance, Devonport, training establishment
HASELDINE, John E, Act/Electrical Artificer, D/MX 66240
HMS Drake, Devonport, shore establishment
BUTCHER, Ronald, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 213615
FORWARD, William H, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 206213
HAINING, Gordon K, Stoker 2c, D/KX 108945
HEATH, John W, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 208274
HOCKLEY, Dennis C, Chief Petty Officer Stoker, D/K 63025
ROBINSON, Charles W, Leading Seaman, D/J 8122
ROSE, Douglas A, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 198475
WEATHERHEAD, Cyril, Motor Mechanic, D/MX 70811
HMS Raleigh, Torpoint, training establishment
ANDREWS, Ernest F, Chief Petty Officer (Pens), D/221204
COUPER, Frank R, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX 219956
STINSON, Edward, Py/Writer, D/SR 8410
DAVIS, Charles A, Leading Supply Assistant, C/MX 56341
Ernest lies in
St Nicholas Churchyard, Hurst.
His wife Grace was buried with him 44 years later when she died aged 99.