D.C.M. Gazetted 13 Feb 1917: "For conspicuous devotion to duty. He has performed consistent good work throughout, and has displayed great courage and skill on several occasions in controlling traffic under shell fire."
Ernest Robert Canning was born on 8 Sep 1876 at Cook Hill, Alcester, Warwickshire, the son of John and Ellen Canning of Overslet, Alcester. Enlisting with the 13th Hussars on 3 Jan 1895, before transferring to the Military Mounted Police on 3 Aug 1899. On 4 Jan 1913, Canning was discharged after 18 years of service and awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal on 5 May 1914 and recalled to duty on 10 Sep 1914, disembarking in France on 9 May 1915 and Mentioned In Despatches on 15 June 1916., appointed Acting Staff Sergeant Major on 14 Oct 1916 and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant into the Labour Corps on 1 Sep 1917, finally promoted Lieutenant on 8 Mar 1919 and attached to 172 Prisoner of War Company in Rouen and discharged on 1 Jan 1921.