Like his brother George before him, in 1915 at the age of 24, Ernest Beames enlisted and spent the war years serving in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in Egypt and France until 1919. Like so many other footballers of his time, the World War I interrupted his career before it had a chance to blossom. It was was reported in one of the daily newspapers in May 1915 that “The Norwoods (sic) have lost several good men who heard their King and country …, and the flower of their team are now playing with ball cartridge instead of the inflated sphere “
Ernest played in ruck, resting as a forward and as a useful defender. At the Norwood Football Club Annual General Meeting in February 1914 Ernest won Best Junior and Most Improved awards
He played 30 games for Norwood, his last in July 1920 as a replacement for the injured Charlie Perry.
Ernest Beames died in 1976.
R Crompton Mar 2014