Regiment : 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards
Service number : 7383
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 1st June 1915
Buried : Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 3.
Birthplace : West Malvern, Worcestershire, resident Malvern, enlisted Liverpool
Memorial : Malvern WW1 War Memorial
Ernest George Bishop enlisted in the 5th Dragoon Guards on 23rd September 1912 at Liverpool. On his attestation paper he gave his place of birth as West Malvern, Worcestershire, his age as 20 years and 1 month and his occupation as a farm labourer. He was 5 feet 7 and one eigth inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His next of kin was his parents, Henry and Elizabeth Bishop of Greenvill, West Malvern, Worcestershire. Ernest was posted to join his unit at Curragh on 23rd September 1912. He was reported as absent from 10pm on 29th December 1912 until apprehended by the Civil Police on 8th January 1913 when he rejoined his unit. He is recorded as having deserted on 13th January 1913, returning on 17th February 1913. For being absent without leave Ernest was awarded 28 days detention from 27th February 1913. He received a further 7 days confined to barracks from 8th April 1913 and shortly afterwards was admitted to hospital, on 21st April, for 3 days suffering from bronchitis. He was admonished in June for being absent for several hours without a pass.
After remaining on home service until 12th November 1913, Ernest was posted to India on 13th November, remaining there until October 1914 when he returned home and was posted to France on 11th November 1914. After he was killed in action on 1st June 1915, his father wrote several letters to the army records office to clarify certain details relating to his death. Details completed by his father, Henry Bishop in 1919, state that Ernest had one sister, Jessie Elizabeth Jane Bishop who resided in Canada. Ernest was awarded the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Ernest Bishop has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.