Ernest was born on 18th February 1929 in the registration district of Billericay. He attended Laindon, St Nicholas, Council Junior Mixed School where Margaret Donaldson was Head Teacher, followed by three years at Laindon High Road School, leaving in 1943.
On 14th January 1947, Ernest aged 17, joined the Royal Marines. During his travels he kept closely in touch with his parents who lived at ‘Mayville’. Bracken Mount, Laindon, sending a particularly poignant telegram to his mother in 1949 upon hearing of his father’s death (also named Ernest Albert Thurwood).
Ernest was awarded the ‘Kings Badge’ during his services in the Royal Marines.
Sadly Ernest lost his mother, Ivy, in 1957, after which time he left the Royal Marines and joined the Essex Fire Brigade and served both at Laindon and Basildon Fire Stations, eventually resigning in 1967.
In his earlier days apparently he had been a very good footballer and a photo of him in a 1946 team is attached with names of the players.
One of Ernest’s oldest possessions was a hand written school report dated July 1920 from his father’s school days, written and signed by Margaret Donaldson.
Ernest sadly passed away on 3rd May 2019, and I hope those who knew and remember him will enjoy this short epilogue.
Note: Information provided by Paul and Jim Gibson.