Ernest Schotte was born on June 27th, 1974. He succeeded his father as clerk to the council of Ingelmunster. 

In October 1918, Ernest was wounded in the foot and found in the Weststraat, where he had been hit by a German grenade or bullet. The German Red Cross accompanying the army took him with them to administer first aid care. He was first brought to Waregem, then to Deinze, where his foot was amputated. Eventually, he was taken to Ghent, where he died on October 20th, just days before the liberation. 

Apart from his activities as town clerk, Ernest was an accomplished writer of travel stories. During the war, he kept an elaborate journal, in which he documented a great number of events that took place in the municipality of Ingelmunster.