Ernest Waldron King was born in Gort, Co Galway, Ireland in early 1884 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of Thomas Waldron King (1858-1917) and Caroline Gibb (1854-1926). His father was from Galway and his mother is thought to have been English by birth and they had married in 1875. His father was a Church of Ireland Minister but had also worked as a teacher.
According to the 1911 census Ernest was one of seven children, four living past infancy. His only known sibling from the census records was Charles Hume King (b. 1891 in Rathdown).
Ernest first appears on the 1901 census living at 25 Mountjoy Square, Dublin, aged 17 and a pupil under the tutelage of a Mr Robert Edwin Vanee and a Mr George Anderson. His mother and brother Charles are listed as living at 11 Bawnogues, Straffan, Co Kildare. The 1911 census shows Ernest as unemployed and living with his mother, father and brother at 4 Aghnahola, Currin, Co Monaghan where his father was the Church of Ireland Rector.
When Ernest went to sea is not certain, but he was serving on the Olympic in the latter-half of 1911 when that ship had her collision with the HMS Hawke.
When he signed-on to the Titanic on 9 April 1912, William gave his address as the Currin Rectory, Clones (Co Mongahan). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a clerk he received monthly wages of £5.
Ernest King died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the Minia (#321) and was buried in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10 May 1912.
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