Ernest Espley is the brother of my wife’s grandfather. He was born in 1884 in Biddulph, Staffordshire. His parents were Frederick Espley and Frances Owen.
I have Ernest on the census returns for 1891 and 1901 in Biddulph. In 1901 he was working as driver in a coal mine.
By 1911 Ernest had a complete change of career and location. He was now employed as a Police Constable and living in the West Derby area of Liverpool.
A trawl through the newspaper archives on Find My Past produced the following article from the Manchester Courier on 26 August 1905.
All in a days work for a brave “bobby”.