Ernest Earl was born in Bermondsey, in London, in 1937. During the war, he moved with his parents and brother, to Tooting and attended the local Infants and Junior Schools, before going to the Bec Grammar School.
Ernest's main interests at school were sport, especially running, and history. Before leaving school he joined the Hercules Athletics Club and continued his career with them. He joined the Boy's Brigade at the age of 12 and was awarded the Queen's Badge in 1954.
On leaving school, Ernest did two years training as a telephone engineer. After qualifying in 1956, he was called up for National Service in the RAF. During this time he represented the RAF at middle distance running.
Returning to civilian life in 1958 he went back to his job as a telephone engineer. In September 1960 he started a new career as a student teacher at the college of St. Mark and St. John, Chelsea.
Prior to entering college he represented Great Britain at middle distance running and though tipped as a contender by one of the National newspapers for a 5000 metre place in the Olympic team 1960, his career came to a premature end before this, due to a recurring Achilles tendon breakdown.
Ernest worked at the Queen Mary's Hospital for Children and has written 2 books on the subject.
Whilst at the hosptial, he took many photographs
and these can be seen at the web site...