Ernest Abrams was born in 1896 and lived in Manor Park, close to Ilford.
He worked for the Ilford Gas Company and was also a part-time volunteer soldier with the 4th Battalion, the Essex Regiment, who had their headquarters in Ilford. When the First World War broke out in August 1914, Ernest was 18 years old and volunteered to stay with the battalion and fight abroad.
With the 4th Essex, Ernest took part in the failed invasion of Turkey at Gallipoli in August 1915. The battalion was then sent to Egypt and then onto Palestine to fight Ottoman Turkey. On 26 March 1917, Ernest was shot in the arm at the first battle of Gaza. After recovering, he returned to his unit and eventually finished the war in Beirut, Lebanon when Turkey surrendered.
In this interview made in 1990 shortly before he died, Ernest describes his wartime experiences.
Film produced by Redbridge Museum, 2014; photographs courtesy of Ernest Abrams; audio interview reproduced with the permission of Leeds University Library
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