|Ernest Collins Bandey was born at Rushden in 1889, the eldest child of Josiah and Mary. His parents came from Ravesden and Cotton End near Bedford, Josiah having found work here as a clicker in the shoetrade, and they also had four girls.
'Ern' worked in the shoetrade, and he was also an amateur photographer. At Xmas 1918 he issued this postcard entitled 'Peeps at Home', so perhaps it was for families to send out to their soldier sons. Ernest lived in Brookfield Road, close by the Mission Church. Other postcards by 'Ern' were of the dedication of the War Shrine in Wellingborough Road and the Mission church lads brigade.