Person    | Male  Born 19/10/1867  Died 16/1/1938

Major Ernest Edward Austen, DSO

War served, Other war i

Commemorated on a memorial as having served in, and survived, a war, not WW1 or WW2.

Major Ernest Edward Austen, DSO

Resident of Willesden who volunteered in the Anglo Boer War, 1899-1900.

Ernest Edward Austen was born in 1867 in Dalston, Middlesex (now Greater London), the eldest of the five children of Ambrose Austen (1838-1924) and Eliza Burnet Austen née Smith (1839-1916). His birth was registered in the 4th quarter of 1867 in the Hackney Registration District, Middlesex (now Greater London).

On 16 July 1869 he was baptised at St Philip's Church, Dalston, where his date of birth was confirmed in the baptismal register that also shows that his family was living at Montague Road West, Dalston and that his father was a banker's clerk.

His four siblings were: Frank Austen (1870-1944); Sydney Austen (1873-1958); Alfred Burnet Austen (1875-1887) and Arthur Stuart Austen (1872-1957).

In the 1871 census he is shown as aged 3 years and residing in Clifton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, with his parents, his brother - Frank Austen, together with a female domestic servant. His father was described as a cashier at a bank.

On the night of the 1881 census he was listed as aged 13 years and a scholar, living at 19 Hillmartin Road, Rugby, with his mother, who was shown as a bank cashier's wife, his four siblings , together with a female general domestic servant. His father was shown as a bank cashier staying overnight at 17 Church Street, Rugby, in the absence of the usual night watchman at the bank.

From the angloboerwar.com website, we learn that he was presented with  the Willesden Tribute Medal on 8 November 1900 at the Kensal Rise Board School.

He was also commemorated in the Imperial War Museum's Lives of the First World War website

Credit for this entry to: Andrew Behan.

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Major Ernest Edward Austen, DSO

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Willesden Boer War memorial

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