Ernest Albert Warrington was born on 12 Apr 1880, the third son of Vincent Warrington (1836-1919), publican of the Rose of Australia Hotel, and his wife Mary Martin, formerly Sheehan (1839-1913). Ernest was baptised at the Church of the Apostles, Launceston, on 16 May 1880. In the 1891-92 Tasmanian Exhibition, Ernest and his brother Stanley were commended for their exhibits of four photo frames, two doll tables, a dressing table, three pairs of ox horns and a cabinet of foreign coins.
Ernest was a motor driver when he enlisted in the 8th Field Co. Engineers of the 1st Australian Imperial Force on 13 Jan 1916. He transferred to the 17th Field Engineers in May 1917 and the Australian Flying Corps in Dec 1917. He was wounded and gassed and was transferred yet again to the AIF headquarters in London. He embarked for Australia on the Ceramic in Mar 1920.
On 12 Jun 1929 Ernest married Lottie Elizabeth Smith at Launceston. They had ten children, although three died at a young age. Ernest passed away at Nazareth House, St Leonards, on 11 Mar 1955 aged 74 years. His wife was living at 5 Tudor Avenue, Newstead. Lottie died aged 65 on 21 Nov 1967 and was buried with Ernest at the Carr Villa in the Catholic Section A4 No. 167.