Ernest William Greenish was born at 3 St.Edmond's Road, Bootle on the 2nd December 1880 and baptised on the 2nd January 1881 at St.John’s C.of E. Church, Bootle.
 
He was the son of John Morris Greenish and Elizabeth Anne (nee Flude) who were married on the 17th July 1867 at St.Matthew’s C.of E. Church, St.Pancras, London. John Morris' name was given as John Morgan in the marriage register.
 
Ernest's mother was a native of St.Pancras, London whilst his father was born at Milford Haven, Wales but had moved to Liverpool by 1861. In that year he was twenty-five and living at Ranelagh Street, Liverpool where he was employed as a draper's assistant. After his marriage he was a commercial traveller in drapery and silks.
 
1871 Census - 75 St.John's Road, Bootle - John M and Elizabeth A. John was a commercial traveller in silk. His sister, Caroline L Greenish was also a member of the household.
 
1881 Census - 3 St Edmond's Road, Bootle cum Linacre - Parents John M and Elizabeth A J with children Edith J and Ernest W.
 
1891 Census - 108 Stuart Road, Walton on Hill - Parents John Morris Greenish and Elizabeth Ann with children Edith Jessie, Ernest William and Mabel
 
1901 Census - 55 Worcester Road, Bootle cum Linacre – Parents John M and Elizabeth A with children Edith J, Ernest W and Mabel and George S Greenish (Nephew).
 
Mabel Greenish married John Alexander Wilson at Christ Church C.of E. Church, Bootle in 1904.
 
1911 Census - 44 Sidney Road, Bootle - John Morris, a commercial traveller in drapery, and Elizabeth Anne Greenish who had been married 43 years. Only two of their four children were still living.
 
John Morris Greenish died at Bootle in 1913.
 
Ernest was a Civil Engineering clerk in 1901. He married Charlotte Beatrice (nee Gibbons) in 1904 at St.Helen’s C.of E. Church, Sefton. His wife was born at Wrexham, Wales
 
1911 Census - 257 Hawthorne Road, Bootle - Charlotte Beatrice Greening (Married 6 years) with children Dora Irene b 20th August 1905 and Mabel Beatrice b 6th March 1910. (2 born and alive). Ernest was away from home at the time of the census. A third daughter, Vera, was born on the 30th January 1915.
 
 
Ernest's service records have survived. They show he enlisted in the 5th battalion King's Liverpool Regiment on the 9th August 1914 in Liverpool aged 33 years and 8 months.
 
He described himself as a commercial traveller although he was, in fact, a Director of the firm of Jones, Burton & Co, Engineers of Liverpool. He was living at 166 Wadham Road, Bootle and was 5ft 9 inches tall with a 37 inch chest.
 
He was posted overseas on the 21st February 1915. He died of gunshot wounds to the arm, head and leg at St.Omer, France on the 20th May 1915.
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 18th June 1915.
 
AN OLD CHRIST CHURCH BOY.
   Corporal E.W. Greenish died in St.Omer Hospital on May 20th, from wounds received in action on May 18th.
   He was a member of the Volunteers and Territorials for over 11 years, but as his work took him abroad for long periods he resigned when he held the rank of Sergeant. On the outbreak of war he joined the 5th King's Liverpool as a private, and went to France in February. Before he was wounded he was promoted to Corporal.
   Corporal Greenish was for over 20 years connected with the firm of Jones, Burton and Co., engineers, of Liverpool.
   He was a member of Christ Church, and was during his early life a pupil of the Christ Church Schools.
   He leaves a widow and three young children.

Bootle Times 18th June 1915

 
His photograph was published in a commemorative booklet issued when the first part of the Bootle Roll of Honour was unveiled in 1916.
 
Probate of his estate was obtained at Liverpool by Thomas Lumley Jones, company secretary. His effects were valued at £1347 14s 11d (£130,000 at current values.)
 
As of June 1920 his wife and three daughters were living at 166 Wadham Road, Bootle. His mother and sister Mabel Wilson were living at 'Westbourne' Woodstock Road, Moseley, Birmingham.