Ernest Albert Walls was born on March 28, 1896, at Send, Woking, and baptised on May 24 1896, the second son of Alfred Ernest Walls and Emily Walls (née Barnett), and younger brother of Herbert William Walls, who was killed in action on 25 September 1915.
Ernest Walls joined the Northumberland Fusiliers as a Private on 3 March 1915, and was posted to the Western Front. Just over two months later, on 8 May 1915, possibly during the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge [?], he was captured by the German Army at Ypres in Belgium, serving out the remainder of the conflict as a prisoner of war at the Cellelager Camp near Hanover.
After his return to England, he married Constance Iris Charlotte Evershed at Holy Trinity, Guildford, on 21 September 1921, remaining in the district for some years after. He died in the first quarter of 1973 in the Worthing Registration District of West Sussex.
Sources: Baptism, marriage and Service Medal & Award records – Ancestry.co.uk; Prisoner of War records – catalogued under ‘WALL, NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS’ at http://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Search/#/3/2/107/0/British%20and%20Commonwealth/Military/wall (Last card in series, PA Nos. 4339 & 7761)