Ernest Pringle signature

On this day in 1916 Ernest Pringle, a commercial traveller, signed up in Huntsville, Ontario. He was born in Deseronto on September 24th, 1892, the son of Ezra Pringle and Annie Elizabeth (née Watson). The family had moved away from Deseronto by 1901, when they were living in Tay Township. Ezra died in Fesserton in 1907, while Annie died in Toronto in 1913. Ernest gave his sister, Edith Evans, as his next of kin.

He joined the 122nd Battalion with the regimental number 763594. He was five feet six and a half inches tall, with fair hair, grey/blue eyes and lightish brown hair. His service record shows that he arrived in England on the SS Olympic in June 1917 and was sent to France with No. 44 Company of the Canadian Forestry Corps later that month, as Company Quartermaster Sergeant. He left France for England in January 1919 and returned to Canada on the SS Scotian in February.

Ernest was demobilized in Toronto on March 17th, 1919. He married Eva Hildred North in Toronto on December 11th, 1920. In the 1921 census the couple were living at 40 Peterborough Avenue, Toronto with Hildred’s sister. He died on October 8th, 1964.