Accordingto his attestation papers dated October 9, 1917 at Toronto, Ernest Farrington of Mimico, Ontario was born on June 20, 1899. He listed his mother Mary Farrington, Mimico, as his next of kin. He was a brass worker and had no previous military experience. He was 18 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 3/4 inches tall. He had grey eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1911 census his birth date is listed as June 1900 so he was most likely only 17 years old when he enlisted.
His brother James also enlisted.