Ernest Hides grew up in Sheffield where, during his teenage years, he worked as an apprentice printer. In 1913 at the age of 21, he left his home and family for a new life in Australia. Upon arrival he continued his trade settling in Leichardt near Sydney. However, less than a year later the First World War broke out and Ernest enlisted with the 4th Battalion Australian Army.
It is quite possible that Ernest was among those who hoped that they were sailing to Europe where they might at some stage be reunited with their families. However this wasn’t to be and, after spending three months in Egypt, his Battalion arrived in Gallipoli where they fought in the Battle of Lone Pine, a diversionary attack on the entrenched Turkish position and one of the most famous of the Gallipoli campaign.
You can read more about the Battle of Lone Pine here: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/E71/
Records suggest that Ernest was killed some time between the 6th and 9th of August 1915.
He is buried at Johnston’s Jolly, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Gallipoli, and is commemorated at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the War Memorial in Fulwood in Sheffield and here on the family memorial at Wardsend Cemetery.