Ernest Hides grew up in Sheffield and worked as a printer until 1913 when, at the age of 21, he left his home and family for a new life in Australia. Upon arriving in Australia Ernest continued his trade settling near Sydney. However, less than a year after arriving in Australia the First World War broke and Hides enlisted with the 4th Battalion.
Many young British people who enlisted abroad were hopeful of being reunited with relatives on the fronts in Europe. Hides however was not so lucky, and after spending three months in Egypt his Battalion arrived in Gallipoli.
Hides and the 4th Battalion fought in the Battle of Lone Pine, a diversionary attack on the entrenched Turkish position, and records suggest that he was killed some time between the 6th and 9th of August 1915.
Hides is buried in Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Gallipoli, and is commemorated at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, a War Memorial in Fulwood, Sheffield and here at Wardsend.