Ernest was born in 1899 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. He was one of two children born to Henry Clark (c.1877-?) and Florence Eleanor Clark (née French) (1876-?). By 1911 Ernest was living with his paternal grandparents, Jonathan and Emma Clark, at 148 Sturton Street. When war broke out he enlisted as Private (G/19117), 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. He was killed by accident in France on 13 October 1918 (within a month of the end of the First World War), aged 19. His effects were sent to his younger sister, Florence Ada Amy (1900-1984). He was buried in Vadencourt British Cemetery in France. He was commemorated in Cambridge on his paternal grandmother’s grave and on the Cambridge Guildhall war memorial.
SOLDIERS’ SOCIAL CENTRE. – The past week at the Pump Room Y.M.C.A. Headquarters has been a busy and interesting one. On Saturday evening “Bontoft, the Wizard of the South,” gave his remarkably clever programme of illusions and demonstrations of though transference before a large crowd of men. He was ably assisted by Miss Ada Lill, whose baffling playing of a hand of cards while blindfolded won rounds of applause. The famous trunk trick was performed by Bontoft and his assistant in 45 seconds. The performers deserved the ovation accorded at the conclusion. On Sunday evening there was a splendid attendance at the bright song service, and the helpful address delivered by Pte. Ernest Clark, Royal Sussex Regiment (late Secretary of the Christian Evidence Society), was listened to with close attention. On Wednesday evening “The Heavies R.G.A. Concert Party,” under the direction of Lieut. W. King, presented a delightful programme, which included several splendid concerted numbers and contributions by Mrs. King (contralto), Miss Marjorie King (soprano), Lieut. King (songs and stories), Captain D. S. C. Evans (baritone), Lieut. R. Awdrey (light comedy items), Lieut. S. P. Groves and Cadet Haywood (humorous songs), and Cadet Hall (songs at the piano). “A Domestic Episode” was a mirth provoking sketch played by Lieut. And Mrs. King, and Miss Phyllis King was the accompanist. At the call of Mr. W. J. North, hearty cheers were given. Yesterday (Thursday) evening a successful series of billiard, chess and draughts competitions were carried out. As a result of the appeal made in these columns last week a number of ladies have volunteered for service at this centre.
Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday, 24 August 1917
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