The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private E L Clift


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Private Ernest Leopold CLIFT,  G/1081, "A Company, 7th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action,  Flanders France, 1st July 1916, age 28.

Born Bermondsey, SE, son of Edwin John & Agnes Clift

14th December 1887, Christ Church, Bermondsey, baptism of Ernest Leopold Clift, son of Edwin John (tanner), & Agnes Clift of 15 George Row, Bermondsey.

26th September 1909, St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Ernest Leopold Clift, age 21, bachelor, leather dresser, 11 Whistable Street, father Edwin John Clift, leather dresser, married Louisa Keeble, age 20, spinster, 1 Whistable Street, father John Keeble, carman.

Children - Ernest Thomas John Clift, born 15th May 1907, Bermondsey; Charles William Clift, born 23rd October 1909, Bermondsey; Alice Louisa Bessie Clift, born 19th May 1913, Bermondsey; Albert Henry Clift, born 19th March 1915, Bermondsey.


1911 Census - 96 Barnham Street Buildings, Bermondsey, SE - Ernest Leopold Clift, head, age 24, married, leather dresser, born Bermondsey, SE,  London; Louisa Clift, wife, age 22, married 1 year, 1 child, born Bermondsey, SE,  London; Charles William Clift, son, age 1, born Bermondsey, SE,  London.


Enlisted  London, age 27 years & 298 days, height 5ft 4 ¾inches, weight 116lbs, sallow complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, scar on right shoulder.  Resided Bermondsey, SE. Formerly leather dresser.

Home 1st September 1914 to 24th August 1915; BEF 25th August 1915 to 1st July 1916.

1st September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th September 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 24th October 1914, posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd May 1915, Chatham, absent from 12.00 midnight until 9.00pm on 3rd, 3 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 1 days pay; 25th August 1915, posted BEF & 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th September 1915, joined Battalion.

28th February 1916, widow & children living at 266 M Block Guinness Buildings, Pages Walk, Bermondsey, SE.

22nd January 1917, pension awarded of 22/6 a week for widow (Louisa Clift, remarried 1920 March Quarter, St Olave Registration District, Albert Goodday ), and four children, of 62, Winchelsea Buildings, Swan Lane, Rotherhithe, London.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, Somme, France.


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