In the Spring of 1918 Ernest was to marry Antoinette Harriet Gurton in Eton, Buckinghamshire where she was employed as cook at the Old manor House.
No doubt that the newlywed couple were looking towards a long future and raising a family together but that sadly was not to be.
Ernest George Austin was to lose his life in action on 14th November 1918
Antoinette, along with Ernest’s family, must have been devastated. Antoinette was to remarry some 20 years later and live her life in Gravesend until her death in 1962.
Ernest was buried in St. Helens on 21st November 1918.